Congratulations to SANPark’s rangers! For years, i’ve heard rumours that illegal long-net fishing was happening in the Knysna Municipality, an area rich in estuaries and lakes. Whether urban myth or not, fishermen were worried at the alarming decline in the fish population. 1-2 years ago, i was told that that here was an operation acting at night in the Swartvlei Estuary in Sedgefield, allegedly run by a Chinese businessman and a SANParks employee. But without evidence, such can only be treated as rumour, never published. Not long after that, i heard that boats had been illegally fishing with long nets … ‘Click here to read full article…’
It’s well known that Knysna’s fishing stocks have been depleted but there seems to be no action taken towards improving the situation. This documentary about international fishing starts by telling us that fishing increased by 500% the past 60 years, depleting ocean stock by half! But it’s also a practical documentary as it provides examples of countries successfully combating the problem.'Click here to read full article...'
Subsequent to a recent drowning incident in the Knysna estuary, SANParks (managers of the Garden Route National Park which includes the Knysna Estuary) have requested citizens to exercise caution this summer season. For people hiring canoes, it is important to also wear a life jacket. Vessel and boat owners are urged to: Obtain a relevant vessel permit and adhere to all boating regulations at all times. Always exercise caution when swimming in the Park’s estuaries (Swartvlei, Knysna and Groot River) as tidal flow could be potentially dangerous. Fish and bait bag and size limits should not exceed the set criteria … ‘Click here to read full article…’