The anti-trout lobby has always focused on trout’s allegedly detrimental environmental impact while ignoring the positive socio-economic benefits of trout in terms of tourism income and job creation.
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Gerrit Stephanus van der Merwe of Lunsklip Fisheries passed away unexpectedly on 31 October 2020.Read more>>
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In 2009 the SABC broadcast ‘Superdump’ a documentary about the adverse environmental impact of mine dumps.
A decade later Al Jazeera broadcast Toxic City: The Cost of Gold Mining in South Africa which showed that the earth around Johannesburg’s mine dumps is more radioactive than the earth around Chernobyl.Read more>>
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COMMENTS ON THE SECOND DRAFT NATIONAL FRESHWATER (INLAND) WILD CAPTURE FISHERIES POLICY
Dr. Leonard A. Flemming (PhD Microbiology)
FOSAF Western Cape representative
with input by Ilan Lax
FOSAF National Chairperson.
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Our toxic Rivers: Polluted no-man's lands filled with millions of tons of sludge and sewerage - people's health, freshwater life and our endangered ecosystems all harmed.
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There is a great deal of confusion in the South African angling community regarding the law relating to fishes. Questions such as “do I need a licence” or “what are my rights when a river or dam demarcates the boundary” frequently crop up on social media.
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Working out what government is going to do regarding aquaculture and, or anything else for that matter requires one to look beyond government policy documents and the promises of politicians and officials. One must also consider the decisions taken by the ANC at its national conferences and the present and future alignment of forces within the ANC that gave rise to those decisions.Read more>>
Set on the banks of the Cradle Moon Lodge Lake, the Outdoor Fishing Festival is a festival not to be missed! It is the inaugural year for the festival bringing fishermen together from all over the country.Read more>>
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Mario Cesare, chief warden of the Olifants River Game Reserve in Limpopo, and author of three best-selling books on game ranging and conservation – his latest is Heart of a Game Ranger: Stories from a Wild Life – is also a passionately keen fly fisherman. Here he takes up the cudgels (purist fly fishers would say ‘takes up the priests’) on behalf of what many anglers believe is the noblest fish of all, the trout.Read more>>
SAVE is disappointed with the pace of the Gauteng Premier’s intervention in the affairs of the Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM).Read more>>
Quality of Water in the Vaal Barrage sampled 08/08/2018Read more>>
OPEN LETTER TO MINISTER GUGILE NKWINTI, MINISTER OF WATER AND SANITATIONRead more>>
In 2002 South Africa officially became a water-constrained economy, when the National Water Resource Strategy reported that we had allocated 98% of our total water resource. Subsequent high confidence studies have shown that we over-estimated the water available at the time, so, in short, we have allocated all the water that we have.Read more>>
Ed Herbst on the likely consequences of efforts to declare the fish an invasive species.
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MEDIA RELEASE - THE FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN FLY FISHERS (FOSAF)
IN RESPONSE TO THE MEDIA RELEASE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS DATED 7 MARCH 2018
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Fisheries scientist Dr Leon Barkhuizen gives us the first comprehensive record of the occurrence, distribution and population structure of smallmouth yellowfish at dams in the Free State province.Read more>>
Apathy is a terrible thing. It disempowers good people and creates space in which bad people can do terrible things. Just look at what is happening at our universities where the lie that is the so called peaceful protests and the apathetic response of many vice chancellors and their management teams is destroying the future of our children and grandchildren.
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World Fisheries Day is celebrated every year on the 21st of November throughout the world by fishing communities, conservation authorities, government departments, academia, research organization, NGO’s and general public.Read more>>
An edited record of the talk by Ilan Lax to the FOSAF EC AGM (Nov 2015) with some recent developments (as at September 2016)Read more>>
Field guide to the orchids and selected flowers of Verloren Valei Nature Reserve, Dullstroom
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Documents relating to the Rondegat River Rehabilitation ProjectRead more>>
“Trout … are well established in the upper reaches of many South African river systems. An important recreational angling industry has developed around the two trout species, which also provides healthy recreation for a large number of people. Trout farming is also well established in South Africa and has the highest yield of any one species in the aquaculture industry (Safriel & Bruton, 1984). Clearly trout have a permanent place in the economy and ecology of South Africa. We must not, however, lose sight of the fact that they are alien fishes, and that it is our unique and primary responsibility to safeguard the future of our own indigenous fishes.” – quotation by de Moor & Bruton (1968)Read more>>
The Chairman Brian Clark requested that Ilan Lax, FOSAF National chairman, give a summary for those not familiar with the ongoing NEMBA saga. Ilan then gave a background briefing on what FOSAF’s are regarding NEMBA and the regulation of trout.Read more>>
An assessment of the Social & Economic Impacts of Tourism Development in Dullstroom, Moumalanga - by Gareth ButlerRead more>>
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The Natal Fly Fishers Club held its third clean-up day on the Upper Umgeni River on Saturday 12th September. Unlike previous clean-up days the club hired in professional tree fellers to join the party of volunteers, and farmer Russell Watson, provided no less than four tractors to assist. With this considerable man and machine power, a highly successful and satisfying day was had.
As reported last year FOSAF became aware that the Department of Environmental Affairs (“DEA”) was intent on pressing ahead with the implementation of a regulations framework that we were led to understand (on what little we at that stage could ascertain) was entirely different from that which we had commented and worked so hard on in the past.Read more>>
The news that the WPB Colliery had been granted a mining right was greeted with shock by the SEI (Steenkampsberg Environmental Initiative) which is a coalition of FOSAF and major environmental NGO’s. Nearby landowners including the many flyfishing venues in the area were equally appalled.Read more>>
This is a great resource for all landowners, NGO's and the public in general who are confronted with problems from mining, particularly from those companies suspected of following incorrect procedures.Read more>>
"Essential Fly Tying Techiques" by Tim Rolston is an electronic book, the likes of which has never before been seen.Read more>>
In September 2011 we can expect a surge of new applications to prospect or even mine in the Steenkampsberg which is the heart of the province's famous Trout Triangle.Read more>>
The protracted process of finalising the draft NEM:BA alien and invasive species ("AIS") regulations drags on.Read more>>