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Mossel Bay Tourism up in Arms Over Fish Farm

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South Africa - Mossel Bay Tourism is mobilising support to lodge objections in the next three days against environmental approval for a proposed fish farm by Irvine and Johnson (I & J) about 2,5km offshore from the Klein Brak River mouth.

According to CCA Environmental, which did an impact assessment for I & J‘s aquaculture project, the fish farm will grow indigenous finfish such as yellowtail, dusky cob and silver cob, in 36 cages, reports the local news organisation WeekendPost.

Mossel Bay Tourism chief operations officer Marica Holm yesterday objected to the way the matter was handled.

“Mossel Bay Tourism is registered as an interested and affected party and has ... still not received notification that this project has been approved and there is still time to appeal, albeit only three days.”

She said it was “a shocking state of affairs” that the project, which could affect tourism, the town‘s main economic driver, was allowed to continue without the main roleplayers being notified.

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