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Protected African marine area opened to fishing amid row

Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area, one of Africa’s oldest marine conservation zones, is now open to fishing and potential exploitation.

Off the coast at Tsitsikamma.
Off the coast at Tsitsikamma. Image by fry_theonly / CC BY-SA 2.0

From 15 December to 31 March 2016, up to 1000 registered fishermen will be free to use their rods and reels to catch some of the most endangered fish species on the coast. Proclaimed in 1964, the reserve lies on the southern Cape coast east of Plettenberg Bay and stretches for 80kms along the shoreline between Nature’s Valley to Storms River. Peter Chadwich, a marine conservationist, said that many of the species in the area are more critically endangered than the rhino. “It’s like selling permits to people to shoot rhino in Kruger,” he added. Read more: news24.com