Last chance to appeal against the fish farm at Coega!
If you are already registered as an I&AP from the original fish farm protest, please read the below as to how to re-submit a new appeal. If you are NOT a registered I&AP, you can STILL contribute. Just send your objections to firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will consolidate them into the WESSA appeal.
From Gary, who runs the Algoa Bay WESSA branch:
We will appeal against the plans of a fish farm off the northern beaches (between Nqgura harbour and St Croix island), as the commercial cage fishing would not be a sustainable development practice within this biodiversity hotspot. If you would like to lodge an appeal yourself or contribute, please see the message below.
“If you are a registered interested and affected party (you would have received an e-mail from the EAP - Anchor Environmental - recently informing you of the decision), please consider submitting your OWN appeal before close of business on Thursday 19 March 2020. We need as many persons to submit original appeals as is possible. Please see details below on how to submit such an application. If you are not a registered I&AP, please forward you comments to email@example.com by Wednesday 18 March and we’ll incorporate it into our consolidated appeal.
Please find enclosed the WESSA Algoa Bay Branch’s guide to completing an appeal against the Algoa Bay ADZ. To repeat, appeals need to be submitted by close of business on the 19 March 2020. It is an onerous process, so we’ve tried to simplify what must be done. So put some time aside to go through the rigmarole. Feel free to circulate it as a WESSA ABB guide to the appeal.
There are several attachments. The first is the WESSA guide, read that first. Then there’s the DEFF appeal form and DEFF questionnaire that we’ve combined into one document for you to complete. This is the key document to submit. We’ve included the EA record of decision (DEFF saying yes to the application), the DEFF guidelines (that duplicates the questionnaire) and the EAP’s (Anchor Environmental) own document. Please note the appeal must raise specific issues you believe the EAP or DEFF have failed to consider or were unaware of in coming to the decision.”
To note: we’re working off the basis that only registered I&AP’s appeals will be considered, but giving input to an organisation already registered and they then submit a consolidated input is possible, There is an outside possibility non-registered I&AP’s will be considered, so would encourage persons to submit an appeal, but be fully aware that their appeal may be rejected on technical grounds.
WESSA ABB will focus our appeal on the fish farm proposal for the Ngqura harbour - St Croix area (we’ll send you our reasons under a separate email), we won’t oppose the bivalve for PE harbour north and off Kings Beach - Pollok based on the conditions within the EA. But we do suggest you think through the access issue for sea traffic off the southern beach zone (check out the GPS co-ordinates specifically in the EA).
WESSA ABB Chairperson
PS - that's a photoshopped image I posted for April Fool's a few years ago!