Below please find the annual renewal letter together with annexes for your kind attention.
Subscriptions for 2020 have been retained at the same amount as before, but for 2020 each member will receive a family membership card, at no charge, entitling members’ family to the club discounts on food and refreshment.
The AGM for the club will be held on Friday, 27 December 2019, at 17h00. Members are urged to attend and those willing to serve on the committee are requested to notify the Secretary so that their names can be put forward. In terms of the constitution, I must step down as Chairman and although willing to serve on the committee as a committee member, potential work commitments may make this difficult. Similarly, for Jane, as Secretary and Treasurer, she may have to spend more time in Johannesburg making it difficult for her to continue.
The committee has proposed that this year’s December competition, which will commence on 28 December 2019, should take the form of a limited species competition. The idea is that the competition should be a fun family event, fished over 2 days with a possible 3rd day for bad weather, targeting the more prolific species found along our coastline at that time of the year. Details of the competition will be circulated and posted on the website shortly.
As with last year, there will again be no specific day for boat inspections. Members are requested to contact Chris Hattingh, the Safety Officer, to arrange for their inspections. Contact details are in the attached letter to members.
The New Coastal Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
Most members may be aware that during the year, South Africa declared or extended 20 new MPAs and that these came into force at the end of August 2019. Of these new MPAs, one has an impact on our “St Francis fishing grounds” – The Port Elizabeth Corals MPA.
The PE Corals MPA is of relevance as it covers a portion of the area that traditionally falls within our tuna competition area and particularly portions of the drop off between 500 and 1000 metres “in the East” where some of our bigger tuna have recently been caught.
The following is not meant to be a definitive legal opinion but rather the committee’s view of the regulations applicable to the PE Corals MPA.
Regardless of individual views, these MPAs are critical to sustaining and protecting our marine resources. The Ski-Boat article explains the difference between the types of MPA and the effect each type has on ski-boat anglers.
The PE Corals MPA is approximately 270 square kilometres and was created to protect the deep-water corals and kingklip breeding grounds and therefore has been zoned as a “Controlled Large Pelagic MPA”. This means that pelagic game fishing for the species listed in Annex 2 is permitted (tuna, wahoo, marlin sailies etc,) but no bottom fishing allowed. As such and with the depths in the area covered by the MPA, it has little effect on us as regards our traditional game fishing but there are legislative requirements that must be met.
Each boat, fishing within the area, must have with/on the boat:
- Certificate of competency (valid skipper’s ticket);
- Certificate of fitness (annual survey):
- Fishing permits/licences for each fisherman;
- Proper markings on the boat reflecting:
- Registration number (e.g. PSF ….);
- VHF call sign; and
- All safety equipment
The legislation provides that where a boat travels through the area and is not authorised (i.e. does not comply with 1 -5 above) all gear must be stowed in the manner provided in the legislation.
Members are urged to ensure that their boats comply with the above as the fines are onerous – up to R5m or 5 years imprisonment for a first offence rising to R10m and 10 years for a second offence.
A last word on the MPAs, our “traditional St Francis fishing grounds” remain open to us and the Tsitsikamma MPA remains as before as a restricted zone (no fishing although an exception has been made for traditional fishermen) but for those members fishing out of PE, please acquaint yourselves with the regulations for the Sardinia Bay MPA and new Addo Elephant National Park MPA the latter of which is a large MPA of approximately 1200 square kilometres, the larger portion of which is restricted.
DISCARD FISH CARCASS IN HARBOUR
LEAVE FISH CARCASSES AT THE
“H0G” THE STATION PREVENTING
FELLOW FISHERMEN FROM USING IT
CLEAN STATION AFTER USE
DISREGARD OF THIS RULE WILL END
UP IN R500.00 FINE
THIS IS A WATER RESTRICTED AREA.
PLEASE USE WATER SPARINGLY
THIS STATION IS THE PROPERTY OF PORT ST
FRANCIS HARBOUR ASSOCIATION AND FOR
RECREATIONAL USE ONLY
NO FISH CLEANING DURING COMPETITION
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE HARBOUR forwarded from the Harbour Master / Port Captain for your information
Copy of COF (Certificate of Fitness)
Copy of COC (Certificate of competence)
Copy of Buoyancy Certificate
Copy of VHF Radio Operator Certificate
Copy of Id
Copy of proof of membership / Card
Cost for entrance TAG: R 200.00 once off.
All existing members:
Copy of new COF once a year when old COF expires.
Harbour Master / Port Captain
CHAIRMAN: MIKE HALLIDAY
VICE CHAIRMAN: NEVILLE BOWDEN
SECRETARY/TREASURER: JANE FITCHET
SAFETY OFFICER (ex officio): CHRIS HATTINGH
PAUL VAN JAARSVELD – YACHTS