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Death of the next generation - Zandvlei Estuary Reserve.

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The controversial "Traditional Netting" practice around False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa continues. This one took place at Sunrise Circle near the mouth of the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve in Muizenberg on 27-10-2014. The estuary is a nursery for many of the species harvested by this indiscriminate method of fishing.

The treknet fishermen claim ancestral rights going back 300 years that allows them to deploy their nets from beaches around False Bay. Recreational fishermen, bathers and surfers are forced to make way for the netters who are also allowed to drive on the beach. The netting activity also attracts sharks and seals as they are drawn to the distress signals of fish struggling in the nets. This increases the risks of shark attacks on bathers and surfers.

The Cape Piscatorial Society is represented on the Zandvlei Estuary Management Forum which is an advisory body formulating policies for sustainable use of the vlei. It's disheartening to see this type of destruction after spending so much time on trying to preserve the estuary as a nursery for the next generation of fish.

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  1. Wessel's Avatar
    That is truly sad...
  2. Andre's Avatar
    Makes me angry that people can be so inconsiderste to the environment, purely in the name of ancestral rights. To hell with them and their ancestral rights.
  3. Deejay's Avatar
    Going to CT in December guys is Zandvlei still worth fishing.....