The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality strongly opposes the development of a fish farm at Hobie Beach and would like alternative sites to be considered for this important national government initiative.
Executive Mayor Benson Fihla stated in a speech, delivered on his behalf by Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Whip Marion Harning, that the municipality wants to protect its blue flag beach and the recreational events that takes place throughout the year.
“I… would like to assure you that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is fighting the proposed implementation of a fish farm in the vicinity of Hobie Beach with all our abilities.
“Although we fully support national government’s efforts to create jobs with this development, we are strongly opposed to having this facility close to a recreational beach.
“We have worked hard over the years to attract visitors to our beaches and we would like to see many more enjoy our excellent beachfront.
“However we cannot put the lives of our residents and visitors, who come not only to participate in major events such as Ironman South Africa, but who also come to enjoy our beautiful beaches and amenities, at risk by possibly encouraging greater shark activity so close to one of our Blue Flag beaches.
“When we formally opposed the initiative by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries last year, we suggested alternative sites.
“We cannot risk job losses as a result of major events leaving our city. In fact, we should encourage job creation on all fronts in our efforts to achieve the