Exciting news for the local fishermen of Lamberts Bay as they will soon have the opportunity to become owners of a new crayfish processing factory in the area.
According to the press, local businessman, Gerrit Burger, has purchased an unused factory in the area and is in the process of fitting it with the necessary equipment to process crayfish on site.
As soon as the new crayfish quotas are announced in February, quota holders will be given the opportunity to apply for free shares in the fish factory.
Burger, owner of Delevex 279, realised that all locally caught crayfish in Lambert’s Bay was being transported to St Helena Bay for processing. This meant that the only income for local fishermen came from the sale of the crayfish to the St Helena factories. Why could the fish not be processed locally, thereby offering fishermen the chance to make a further profit from the processed fish and at the same time create new job opportunities in the area?
Burger is hoping to have the factory open later this year for a trial period, but the process of shareholding will only take place in the new year, once the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has settled the new quotas.
NASA research has revealed that ocean levels have risen a massive 22cm in some areas since 1992.
The press has reported the findings which state that continued global warming and the accelerated melting of the ice caps is responsible for the rise in water levels, and oceans will be facing an unavoidable rise of up to 1 metre in the future.
The information is gathered by NASA scientists based on satellite measurements over a 23 year period.
Steve Nerem from the University of Colorado in the USA said, “Given what we know now about how the ocean expands as it warms, it is pretty certain that we are locked into at least three feet (91cm) of sea level rise, and probably more. But we don’t know whether it will happen within a century or somewhat longer.”
The NSRI has been called to action again this week with the press reporting on an incident that took place earlier in the week in Richard’s Bay. The NSRI were called out to rescue a couple and their dog after their yacht sank shortly after launching from the Zululand Yacht Club.
A tow-line was attached in an attempt to tow the yacht towards Durban, but the vessel began taking on water and started to sink.
The couple and their dog were rescued.