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South African fishing communities fear floating powerships will scare fish away May 04,2021   |  Source: Big News Network

Representatives of some small-scale fishing communities say they are worried about the impact that floating powerships will have on scarce fish stocks along SA's coast. This comes after the environmental assessors for Karpowership SA found that a project to produce electricity on gas-fuelled powerships moored at the ports of Saldanha Bay, Richards Bay, and Ngqura could go ahead. Separate impact reports were produced for each of the three sites. The reports ran to well over 1 000 pages. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment now has about eight weeks to study the impact assessments and grant or refuse authorisation for the multi-billion-rand project. While environmental groups have criticised the project, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has said the project will help cut down on load shedding.

Fear for fish stocks

"The presence of these ships, off our coast, will have a real impact in scaring off the fish in the area, and we fishers will be the ones going hungry," said Carmelita Mostert of Saldanha Coastal Links, in a statement. Khalid Mather, an environmental activist from KwaZulu-Natal, said few of fishing communities along KwaZulu Natal coastline had been consulted. "They are the ones who will suffer from the effects of the added

Theme(s): Communities and Organisations, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Freshwater ecosystems and threats, Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Others, Landing Centres, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Fisheries Resources.

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