On Thursday 29 March 2012 the City convened a meeting between the relevant City Departments (i.e. Environmental Resource Management; Law Enforcement; Sport, Recreation and Amenities), the trek-net rights-holders, representatives from the Shark Spotting Programme and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
The purpose of the meeting was to confirm the legality of trek-netting rights and to develop standard agreed-upon inter-agency protocols to ensure that areas of user conflict are reduced or removed and the safety of general beach users is managed to the highest standard during trek-netting.
Following from the meeting the City would like to confirm the following facts:
In considering that trek-netting in Muizenberg Corner is legal, the City recognises those rights and as such has taken the position that:
As such, the City, DAFF, Shark Spotters and the trek-netters agreed on the following:
These protocols will be implemented as of today, Friday 30 March 2012, but will in addition be drafted into formal written agreements between the City and the DAFF as well as the City and the trek-net rights-holders. In the event that these protocols are not followed, the DAFF will review the permits of those found to be at fault.
The Chairman of the False Bay Tourism and Business Association was invited to the aforementioned meeting, but did not attend. City representatives met with members of the community who had gathered after the meeting to brief them on what had been discussed and agreed upon.
City staff were in attendance at the beach on 28 March 2012 when large schools of yellow tail fish were shoaling along the coastline. They reported that the aforementioned system worked exceptionally well: surfers and bathers were called from the water before the net was set. The trek took no more than 90 minutes, after which all surfers and bathers were able to go back into the water. In fact, many of the surfers helped to pull the trek net in.
Finally it should be noted that yellow tail occur in Muizenberg Corner on a very limited basis with historically fewer than five treks happening per year, and during some years none at all. The City believes that it is fair and appropriate for those groups who depend on the ocean for their livelihoods to be given the opportunity to undertake their permitted activity and for other user groups to recognise and support that three to five days out of a year is very little to be asked of in terms of impacting on their rights to recreate at Muizenberg Corner.
Our coastline belongs to all of us, providing us with many opportunities, and it is imperative that we learn to share and enjoy that coastline with due respect for other groups interests and needs.
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