FLAG BOSHIELO DAM – The Democratic Alliance in Limpopo announced that it would lodge a complaint with Limpopo MEC for Environmental Affairs and Tourism (LEDET), Thabo Mokone, to implement stricter measures to curb illegal fishing at the Flag Boshielo Dam outside Marble Hall.
According to the DA, regular visitors at the dam informed about prevalent illegal fishing activities at the dam and rivers.
The party said over the past weekend, a dead crocodile from the nearby Croc Sanctuary was found with fishing net in its stomach.
Jacques Smalle, DA Limpopo Provincial Spokesperson for LEDET, said section 54 (1) of the Limpopo Environmental Management Act, 7 of 2003, was clear that catching fish with a net without permit was illegal.
Smalle said it was also illegal for a person to be in possession of fishing nets and traps or a similar device on private property with an aquatic system without a written consent of the owner.
“Fishing permits allow for a balance between recreational activity and the fauna and flora to protect the ecosystem,” said Smalle.
Smalle added that his party believed that illegal fishing was a perennial problem because its effects were not only limited to the present but extended even to future generations.
He said the DA would further request MEC Mokone to erect clear signage that fishing was illegal at Flag Boshielo Dam and that the MEC deploy regular patrols at the dam and have nets removed on a regular basis.
“We will continue to fight for the right to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations