YELLOWFISH WORKING GROUP - YWG December Newsletter
Here is the news for the last month of the year:
- The attack by mining companies on the environmental integrity of the high rainfall wetlands and grasslands of Mpumalanga was extended in the past month when we were informed that Ibhubesi Ore Exploration was an applicant in a motion scheduled for early 2018 in the High Court Nelspruit to have the Greater Lakenvlei Protected Environment set aside. This now brings the number to 3 the major court cases so far which will probably have to be funded by civil society to protect what are major water sources in the Mpumalanga escarpment. Let us just pray there are no further cases in the coming year.
- I had a phone call from Martin Davies of Grahamstown, now retired from Rhodes University, who had recently visited Vanderkloof Dam with two friends to sample the fly fishing of this water. They were all very impressed with the potential this dam offers for recreational fly fishing and the resorts that have opened recently to cater for this market. In addition, we all know about the quality of the yellowfishing in the Orange below VDK, but we hope that there is further expansion of the tourism potential of this huge dam and with it the sustainable job creation which tourism creates.
- It was interesting to learn from Tourette Fishing that rivers feeding the Katse Dam were flowing strongly after the recent rains, but the major migration of yellows up the Bokong River has been delayed by the unseasonal cold weather in Lesotho. No doubt this upstream migration will commence once warm weather returns much to the delight of the flyfishers who have booked into the resorts in this area.
All of the best to you for the festive season.
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