Protect the Duiwenhoks river this holiday season

The Duiwenhoks Estuary and its surrounds are one of the last remaining pristine estuaries in the country and the Duiwenhoks Conservancy has been established to preserve its unique character.

Biologists have long maintained that the most important role of the estuarine environment for fish is the provision of nursery grounds for juveniles. Estuaries provide a typically calm, sheltered environment where the higher temperatures and rich food supply allow rapid growth and protection for marine fish fry.

Below are a few guidelines to show how you can help to maintain the uniqueness of the area and ensure safety. We ask you to please bear these in mind during your stay.

The Duiwenhoks is not a skiing river.

Boats need to watch out for Swimmers and Canoes.

Slow Down when passing a Jetty!!

Please drive responsibly at all times with due consideration for the peaceful nature of the river, for houses, jettys, small craft and other users of the river.

Please observe the ‘Slow Zone’ or ‘No Wake Zone’ close to the Village.

When fishing:
Please make sure you have a license to fish or collect bait in the river
Spearfishing in the tidal areas is not permitted
Please stick to the size and bag limits for fish and bait
Cast nets/throw nets for fishing may not be used from sunset to sunrise.

Boats:

Remember that when approaching an oncoming boat you must pass with the oncoming boat on your port (left) side, i.e. when traveling on the river keep right.

When overtaking another boat on the river please do so on their port side.

Please ensure, especially when passing a smaller or stationary boat on the river that your wake does not cause a danger to the other boat.

Remember – to avoid a collision a motor boat must give right of way to all other craft and a rowing boat or canoe gives way to a sailing boat.

When approaching jettys please be aware of swimmers and slow down if necessary. Many people practice long distance swimming in the river and they are difficult to spot from a fast moving boat.

Please keep at least 5 meters from the river bank when in motion in order to preserve the banks (there may also be children in the reeds!!)

When approaching the river bank please do so slowly.

No objects or people may be towed on the Duiwenhoks River (eg. no skiing or tubing).

When out at sea please remember you may not approach closer than 300 m to a whale.

Waste Management Road Show

Eden district municipality together with the seven (7) local municipalities are planning to host a waste management road show throughout the district as part of the draft waste minimisation strategy.

The aim of the road show is to create awareness throughout the district of waste management, minimisation and how each household can manage its own waste.

More details in the document attached here:BUSINESS PLAN WASTE MANAGEMENT ROADSHOW- 07 MARCH 2012[1]

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION WORKSHOPS FOR EDEN DISTRICT COASTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME

Rhodes University (Enviro-Fish Africa) have been appointed by Eden District Municipality to develop a Municipal Coastal Management Programme (CMP) in accordance with requirements (Chapter 6, Part 3, Sections 48 and 49) of the Integrated Coastal Management Act (Act 24 of 2008). Two series of workshops will be held to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to contribute to the programme.

Series 1
These workshops will be used to inform stakeholders about the intended process, the proposed content of the CMP, obtain information from stakeholders and to provide an opportunity to raise and discuss issues that need to be addressed. Information from these workshops will be used to develop the CMP. The venues and times are as follows:

April 10th – George Banquet Hall (18h00)
April 11th – Mossel Bay Town Hall (18h00)
April 12th – Stilbaai Municipal Hall (18h00)
April 13th – Witsand Community Hall (18h00)
April 16th – Knysna Town Hall (18h00)
April 17th – Piesang Valley Community Hall (18h00)

Series 2
These workshops will be used to present the Draft CMP to stakeholders and provide the opportunity for comment. The Draft CMP will be made available for review prior to these workshops. The venues and times are as follows:

June 25th – Piesang Valley Community Hall (18h00)
June 26th – Knysna Town Hall (18h00)
June 27th – George Banquet Hall (18h00)
June 28th – Mossel Bay Town Hall (18h00)
June 29th – Stilbaai Municipal Hall (18h00)
July 2nd – Witsand Community Hall (18h00)

Anyone who wishes to be a part of this process may register their details with Dr Aidan Wood (tagfish@telkomsa.net; 0828694939) or alternatively provide their details at the first series of workshops.

Vermaaklikheid and Duiwenhoks Accomodation

The options include:

1) River Magic www.vermaaklikheid.co.za or tel (021) 701 3735.

2) Oshoek oshoekriverfarm or tel 083 419 4467

3) Koensrust www.koensrust.co.za or tel 083-290 1501

4) Paddahoek – contact John Stanbridge – jstanbridge@telkomsa.net

5) Accommodation at Restaurant – Farm Vermaaklikheid Portion 499/123, PO Box 21 Vermaaklikheid, 6671 Tel: 028-713-2255

6) Paddasang Farm – paddasangriverfarm

The Boating Bylaws for the Duiwenhoks River have been passed.

Boat registration for the Duiwenhoks is not required yet as the slipways are not registered.

The Duiwenhoks Estuary and its surrounds are one of the last remaining pristine estuaries in the country and the Duiwenhoks Conservancy has been established to preserve its unique character.

Biologists have long maintained that the most important role of the estuarine environment for fish is the provision of nursery grounds for juveniles. Estuaries provide a typically calm, sheltered environment where the higher temperatures and rich food supply allow rapid growth and protection for marine fish fry.

Below are a few guidelines to show how you can help to maintain the uniqueness of the area and ensure safety. We ask you to please bear these in mind during your stay.

The Duiwenhoks is not a skiing river.

Boats need to watch out for Swimmers and Canoes.

Slow Down when passing a Jetty!!

Please drive responsibly at all times with due consideration for the peaceful nature of the river, for houses, jettys, small craft and other users of the river.

Please observe the ‘Slow Zone’ or ‘No Wake Zone’ close to the Village.

When fishing:

Please make sure you have a license to fish or collect bait in the river
Spearfishing in the tidal areas is not permitted
Please stick to the size and bag limits for fish and bait
Cast nets/throw nets for fishing may not be used from sunset to sunrise.

Boats:

Remember that when approaching an oncoming boat you must pass with the oncoming boat on your port (left) side, i.e. when traveling on the river keep right.

When overtaking another boat on the river please do so on their port side.

Please ensure, especially when passing a smaller or stationary boat on the river that your wake does not cause a danger to the other boat.

Remember – to avoid a collision a motor boat must give right of way to all other craft and a rowing boat or canoe gives way to a sailing boat.

When approaching jettys please be aware of swimmers and slow down if necessary. Many people practice long distance swimming in the river and they are difficult to spot from a fast moving boat.

Please keep at least 5 meters from the river bank when in motion in order to preserve the banks (there may also be children in the reeds!!)

When approaching the river bank please do so slowly.

No objects or people may be towed on the Duiwenhoks River (eg. no skiing or tubing).

When out at sea please remember you may not approach closer than 300 m to a whale.