Langebaan locals outraged by proposed fish farms on the lagoon

Lobby group, Save Langebaan Lagoon, is objecting to the two proposed industrial-scale fish farms in the bay waters of Langebaan lagoon which now has the backing of Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

This is despite the concerns raised by locals and environmentalists.

Lawyer and legal advisor to the group Jennifer Kamerman says the impact on the ecology of the lagoon is going to be severe if these fish farms are constructed there.

The threat has a knock on effect in terms of socio-economic profile of Langebaan...

Jennifer Kamerman, Lawyer and legal advisor

We say that the jobs being promoted by the department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery are minuscule in comparison with a thousand of jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry and the booming construction industry in the area as a result of this very attractive lifestyle.

Jennifer Kamerman, Lawyer and legal advisor

MEC for economic opportunities in the Western Cape, Alan Winde says the province is not involved in the process.

He says it is all about finding the balance between the existing system and the proposed one.

The point is that are we putting a threat to the existing ecosystem that does give jobs? It is all about finding the balance and not only for the agricultural component.

Alan Winde, MEC for Economic opportunities

To hear the rest of the interviews on Langebaan lagoon, listen below:

Picture: warrenski via Flickr


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