Public talk – Wed 18 October – marine resources

Posted on October 9, 2017 · Posted in Uncategorized

Come along and enjoying an informative and entertaining public talk on Wednesday 18 October  7.30pm at Kommetjie Christian Church, 4 Lighthouse Road, Kommetjie. R50 entry, including a glass of wine or juice, raising funds for KEAG.

Marine biologists Eleanor and Ken Yeld Hutchings present the latest information on marine resources, ahead of the crayfish season.

South Africa’s inshore marine resources are under a lot of pressure. They are used by four major groups: commercial fishers (large and small scale), recreational fishers, subsistence fishers and illegal/unregulated fishers (who may also be participants in the former groups). The management of these resources has many challenges, including geographical scale, ease of access, the large number of users, socio-economic pressures, historical exploitation and biological/ecological constraints. There is (and has been) an unsustainable level of fishing effort on many inshore marine resources; catches are down and the stocks are overexploited. West Coast Rock Lobster (kreef, or crayfish) presents one of the most severe challenges. This talk will include some of the most recent information on the health of the South African rock lobster resource, the biological characteristics of the species, history of the fishery and management thereof.