New iSimangaliso marine protected area drafted

Information & Discussions on iSimangaliso
User avatar
Toko
Posts: 34049
Joined: Sat May 19, 2012 12:29 pm
Country: -

New iSimangaliso marine protected area drafted

Post by Toko » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:28 pm

http://zululandobserver.co.za/106685/ne ... a-drafted/

New marine protected area drafted
People have until early May to submit written representations on the proposed iSimangaliso Marine Protected Area
1 day ago
Intertidal rock platforms of iSimangaliso Marine Protected Area, PHOTO: iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Intertidal rock platforms of iSimangaliso Marine Protected Area, PHOTO: iSimangaliso Wetland Park
DRAFT regulations on the proposed iSimangaliso Marine Protected Area (MPA) have been published for public comment.

People have 90 days from the date of publication to submit written representations.

The Department of Environmental Affairs intends to withdraw the existing St Lucia and Maputaland MPAs and declare the iSimangaliso MPA.

From the Mozambique border in the north, the MPA will stretch 34 nautical miles east, and from the Cape St Lucia Lighthouse in the south will stretch 58 nautical miles east.

An in-shore area will be divided into three in-shore controlled zones, eight in-shore controlled pelagic zones and one in-shore wilderness zone.

An off-shore area will be divided into three controlled zones, six controlled pelagic zones, two sanctuary zones, one wilderness and one restricted zone.

Traversing the MPA will be restricted to vessels carrying certificates of competence and fitness, and vessels displaying marking that is approved in accordance with the Merchant Shipping Act 1951 or international equivalent.

No scientific research will be allowed unless permitted by the Minister of Environmental Affairs or the management authority. There will be no mooring or anchoring unless authorised, but verbal authorisations must be confirmed in writing.

Vessels will be launched only at designated launch sites.

There will be no fishing permitted in in-shore or off-shore sanctuary zones, nor any wilderness or off-shore restricted zones.

Anglers will be permitted to fish from a vessel or the shore in controlled and controlled pelagic zones only if in possession of a valid recreational fishing permit issued in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act.

Similarly, small scale fishers must possess a valid small scale fishing permit issued in terms of the same Act. There will be no recreational fishing in these zones between sunset and sunrise unless permitted by the management authority.

There will be no scuba diving allowed in sanctuary zones and only divers with management-issued permits may dive in wilderness, restricted, controlled or controlled pelagic zones.

iSimangaliso has been formally designated as the management authority for the iSimangaliso MPA.

More information can be found in the Government Gazette on the DEA’s website.

The document was published on 3 February by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Written representations can be emailed to MPARegs@environment.gov.za.

User avatar
Lisbeth
Global Moderator
Posts: 57645
Joined: Sat May 19, 2012 12:31 pm
Country: Switzerland
Location: Lugano

Re: New iSimangaliso marine protected area drafted

Post by Lisbeth » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:52 am

small scale fishers must possess a valid small scale fishing permit
What is meant by "small scale"....small size? If it is so, it is madness to permit small size fishing. Who is going to control if it is a sardine or a baby fish? 0*\
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela
The desire for equality must never exceed the demands of knowledge

User avatar
Puff Addy
Posts: 900
Joined: Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:32 pm
Country: Czech Republic
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Re: New iSimangaliso marine protected area drafted

Post by Puff Addy » Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:26 am

I think they mean independent as opposed to industrial operations, but who knows? -O-

Maybe the permit itself is small-scale, as in business-card size! =O:

P.S. There is a certain irony in the declaration of protected areas when Ezemvelo has just been fired from their role as overseer of the KZN marine environment. 0-

User avatar
Toko
Posts: 34049
Joined: Sat May 19, 2012 12:29 pm
Country: -

Re: New iSimangaliso marine protected area drafted

Post by Toko » Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:30 am

MPA's are always designed as a mix of zones, and only some zones are no take.
“small-scale fishing’’ has the meaning ascribed to it in the Small-Scale Fishing Policy published in Government Gazette 35455 GN 474 of 20 June 2012;
http://www.gov.za/sites/www.gov.za/file ... gon118.pdf

Interesting "definitions" there

Definitions
Terms Definitions

Co-management Means a governance approach in which Government and a Small Scale fishing community share the responsibility and authority for the management of a marine resource by that community.

Community Means any group of persons or a part of such a group who share common interests, and who regard themselves as a community.

Small Scale Fishing Means the use of marine living resources on a full-time, part-time or seasonal basis in order to ensure food and livelihood security. For the purposes of this policy, fishing also means the engagement (by men and women) in ancillary activities such as, (pre and post harvesting, including preparation of gear for harvesting purposes), net making, boat-building, (beneficiation, distribution and marketing of produce) which provide additional fishery-related employment and income opportunities to these communities).

Low technology or passive gear . Means simply fishing eqUipment, nets or vessels operated mainly by hand that have been traditionally used in or for catching or harvesting marine living resources.

Multi-species approach Means an arrangement where a pre-determined variety or mix of marine living resources are harvested or caught.

Small Scale fishers Means persons that fish to meet food and basic livelihood needs, or are directly involved in harvesting I processing or marketing of fish, traditionally operate on or near shore fishing grounds, predominantly employ traditional low technology or passive fishing gear, usually undertake single day fishing trips, and are engaged in the sale or barter or are involved in commercial activity.

Small Scale fisheries sector Means that sector of fishers who employ traditional and/or passive fishing gear and engage in a range of labour intensive harvesting, processing and distribution technologies to harvest marine living resources on a full-time, part-time or seasonal basis in order to ensure food security. This sector of fishers also engage in ancillary activities such as~ their own net-making, boat-building, which provide additional fishery-related employment and income opportunities to their communities.

Small Scale fishing community Means an established socio-cultural group of persons who are, or historically have been, fishermen and -women, including ancillary workers and their families; have shared aspirations and historical interests or rights in the harvesting, catching or processing of marine living resources; have a history of shared Small Scale fishing activity but, because of forced removals, are not necessarily tied to particular waters or geographic area; and were or still are operating near or in the seashore or coastal waters where they previously enjoyed access to marine living resources, or continue to exercise their rights in a communal manner in terms of an agreement, custom or law; and who regard themselves as a community".

Sustainable development The integration of social, economic and environmental factors into planning, implementation and decision making so as to ensure that development serves present and future generations.

Sustainable use The management and utilisation of marine and coastal resources for fishing in an environmentally sound way that does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs from the same resources.

Vulnerable groups Vulnerable groups in the context of small scale fisheries policy means women, children, disabled and elderly persons who have (historically) been marginalized by others in the fishing sector" or any person who can show that hislher equal enjoyment of rights and freedoms is affected in a serious manner comparable to any woman, children, disabled or elderly persons.

User avatar
Puff Addy
Posts: 900
Joined: Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:32 pm
Country: Czech Republic
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Re: New iSimangaliso marine protected area drafted

Post by Puff Addy » Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:34 am

Okay, so small-scale covers everything that isn't factory fishing... lol

User avatar
Toko
Posts: 34049
Joined: Sat May 19, 2012 12:29 pm
Country: -

Re: New iSimangaliso marine protected area drafted

Post by Toko » Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:36 am

Looks like that, it's not fishing for the pot only

User avatar
Lisbeth
Global Moderator
Posts: 57645
Joined: Sat May 19, 2012 12:31 pm
Country: Switzerland
Location: Lugano

Re: New iSimangaliso marine protected area drafted

Post by Lisbeth » Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:37 am

Rather extensive definitions :-?
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela
The desire for equality must never exceed the demands of knowledge

Return to “iSimangaliso Wetland Park”