23 November 2015 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs has published draft regulations for the re-zonation of the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area, for public comments.
The Draft regulations published on the 19th November 2015 are an intention to withdraw the existing Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA) declared in stipulation 2(19) of Government Gazette 21948, Notice 1429 of December 2000, and to declare under section 22A of the National Environment Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act No.57 of 2003), the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park’s Marine Protected Area (MPA).
The public has 60 days to comment on the regulations from the date of publication (19th November 2015).
The decision follows a 20-year old journey initiated by Tsitsikamma anglers who requested fishing rights in the MPA citing cultural, historical and subsistence reasons.
The Department of Environmental Affairs, SANParks, the Koukamma Municipality & other stakeholders have held various meetings with the Tsitsikamma angling forum to discuss the zonation of possible controlled areas within the MPA.
Engagement is to reassess the basis of marine resource use in the Tsitsikamma MPA Section of Garden Route National Park. This is done in order to provide benefits for society and to ensurethat such benefits are protected for future generations. The trade-offs between the flow of benefits and the protection of the resources that provide benefits are complex and subject to continuous change as human needs evolve and as new knowledge accumulates. Government therefore has to be prepared to continuously reassess these trade-offs in consultation with its various partners.
More about the draft proposal here.
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