Tight lines at new Foreshore fishing venue
12 June 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201914809
THE local angling community has responded enthusiastically to Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) reopening of a section of the East London Foreshore for public fishing.
The authority has processed more than 800 fishing permits for the area within the first six weeks of its opening and anglers have been hooking big catches in the area.
East London Port Manager, Sharon Sijako, said fishing enthusiasts were using the area responsibly so far.
“We’re pleased that local anglers have access to another non-sensitive and convenient site in the port that falls outside of our commercial operations. We hope the three-month trial period will remain mutually beneficial so that we can make this a permanent arrangement,” she said.
The Foreshore was reopened on Monday, 15 April 2019 after ongoing engagements with the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) and the Buffalo City Association of Salt Water Anglers (BCASA).
In early 2018 TNPA re-opened the Orient Pier to the fishing fraternity in a joint agreement with the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, which administers Orient Beach. TNPA is currently upgrading the Pier surface area, installing ramps to assist wheelchair bound fishermen and replacing the steps leading to the lower section of the Pier. Fishermen also make use of the site adjacent to the West Bank side of the Buffalo Bridge.
Permits to the Foreshore are available at R50 each. Due to the expected initial high demand for permits, BCASA along with Bilimoria Fishing Tackle shop in Beacon Bay and Vincent have been facilitating the completion of indemnity forms and cash collection. TNPA issues the permits through BCASA upon receipt of bulk payments and signed indemnity forms.
The stakeholder committee were due meet again in June to address the isolated incidents of trespassing by non-permit holders on the Foreshore. This occurs at night which is outside of the permitted hours of 6am and 6pm for fishing on the Foreshore.