Herewith the July news:
Poaching & Illegal netting on Middle Vaal:
I have included a message from Chris Williams, chairman of the Northvaal Chapter of FOSAF on this serious matter. Chris may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
FOSAF Northvaal together with the YWG is putting in a concerted campaign towards trying to prevent the illegal netting and commercial exploitation of yellowfish on both the Gauteng and Free State banks of the river. We are concentrating on the Vaal Triangle/Parys high density population area.
A typical example of malpractice would be fishermen using small-sized mesh nets and chicken wire traps also offal-baited long line systems using 2 litre soft drink bottles as floats. Venues along the mid-Vaal have advised they have witnessed catches of up to 100 fish at one illegal netting/fishing operation. Vehicles then drive to the river bank and the fish are whisked away to local villages and towns. Frozen smallmouth, and to a lesser extent largemouth, yellowfish are being sold on the streets from cooler boxes in the whole area. The other problem facing many riverine farmers and landowners is the threat of intimidation and violence from guilty parties who have been caught in the act.
We need to differentiate between organised criminal commercial fishing syndicates and the local subsistence angler fishing purely for the pot for himself and his family. We are trying to get a group together of genuine ‘fishing for the potters’ to give them a bit of info on conservation and sustainable fishing and also to ask them for their ideas and thoughts. The police have done several ‘swoops’ and arrested some criminals but a lot more action is needed. There will be a long battle still ahead but at least we are making some inroads.
Please advise us of any incidents of which you have experience and any ideas/suggestions from your side welcome any time! This is very much ongoing work in progress but with all your help hopefully we will start to see positive results. We are already in discussions with most of the mid-Vaal fishing venues and by the start of the smallmouth season in September we will personally be calling on the various venues for their reports, input and suggestions. United we will have much more influence than working separately.
As well as please keeping us informed and report serious violations on the above to the relevant local police stations. We are giving them information on all the above so they will be expecting calls! Let’s hope they can work with all of us on the above.
Parys – 056 816 2512 Barrage -016 987 1811 Vereeniging/Three Rivers – 016 450 2080 Vanderbijl Park – 016 910 9000
Fly of the month on FOSAF Facebook/Website:
July also sees the launch of our “Fly of the month” which will be a regular feature on our website from now on. We launch it with the “Roundhead”, a 17th century English fly which works surprisingly well for yellows – see http://www.fosaf.co.za/read-Current-176.php
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