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National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act

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#46
Just a thought, but is it constitutional to insist that I kill an animal, surely I have the right to choose...
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BWG
#47
Hi Team Invasives

Invasive Species Regulations go live.

It’s a very important day in South Africa!

The Alien and Invasive Species Regulations – promulgated under the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act 2004 (NEMBA) - go into effect TODAY (1 October 2014).

The National List of Invasive Species for South Africa includes 383 plants, 15 fish, 35 reptiles, 24 birds, 7 amphibians (frogs and toads) and 41 mammals.

“The Department has budgeted R200 million over the next three years to build up its capacity to regulate invasive alien species”, says, Mrs Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs.

Permit applications are now available....

The Department of Environmental Affairs, through the directorate: Biosecurity, will start processing permit applications and issuing permits for restricted activities relating to alien and listed invasive species.

Find a permit attached
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For the reference of the Invasive Team - please find an attached permit application for your convenience.

Please email this application form to anyone who needs to apply for a permit for a Category 2 species or apply to import an alien species that requires risk assessment.

Download a permit

The application forms can be downloaded at this link: Permit Application Form

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Anyone wishing to apply for a permit to carry out a restricted activity involving a species of plant and animal of an alien and/or listed invasive species may lodge an application at the Department of Environmental Affairs via post to:

The Department of Environmental Affairs, Branch: Environmental Programmes, Directorate: Biosecurity, 14 Loop Street, Cape Town, 8001. Attention: Issuing Authority.

Take note that forms must either be hand delivered or posted. Fax applications will also not be accepted.

Invasive species permitting office

For more information:
Mr Khathutshelo Nelukalo
Control Biodiversity Officer:Issuing Authority
Department of Environmental Affairs
Directorate: Biosecurity Services
14 Loop Street
Cape Town
8000
Tel: 021 441 2812
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Kay Montgomery
Biosecurity Unit
Environmental Programmes
Department of Environmental Affairs
Tel: +27 11 7239000
Cell: +27 82 659 0939
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Skype: kaymontgomeryZA
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#48
If anyone is looking for the latest regulations, go back one page to page 3 and download the relevant attachments.
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#49
Here comes the complication...Are bass listed on this List of Invasive Species,I am sure Smallmouth Bass would top the list on the freshwater list.That means,as of 1 October 2014, it is now illegal by law to catch a Listed Species and release it without having this Permit to do so.And you would have to apply for a Permit to conduct your catch and release for each body of water that you frequent.What about larger functions,like National Championships,Tournaments and the like...does the organisor of such events have to pre-apply for a permit to carry out catch and release ?
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#50
Smurf, let me try and explain but I'm under correction:

For bass, the regulations and lists state:

a. lb in National Parks, Provincial Reserves, Mountain Catchment Areas and Forestry Reserves declared in terms of the Protected Areas Act.

b. 2 for release into dams within discrete catchment systems in which it occurs

c. 3 in all rivers, wetlands, natural lakes and estuaries in which it occurs.

d. Subject to (b), each listed bass species is not listed for dams within discrete catchment systems in which it (the specific listed bass species) occurs.

e. Catch and release of the listed bass species is exempted in discrete catchment systems in which they occur.


"discrete catchment systems" means all inland water bodies, whether fresh or saline, including rivers, natural lakes, dams, wetlands and estuaries, that are within a catchment that is separated from other catchments.

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#51
I think Smurf might be referring to Regulation 6(e) of the NEMBA

Restricted activities:
In addition to those activities defined in terms of section 1 of the Act as restricted activities, the following activities are hereby prescribed as restricted activities:

catch and release of a specimen of a listed invasive fresh-water fish or listed invasive fresh-water invertebrate species;
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#52
Exactly that Kassie
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#53
Kassie Wrote:Restricted activities:
In addition to those activities defined in terms of section 1 of the Act as restricted activities, the following activities are hereby prescribed as restricted activities:

catch and release of a specimen of a listed invasive fresh-water fish or listed invasive fresh-water invertebrate species;

I don't think you can/should read and/or apply this one section on its own. I think it needs to be read in context with the other sections - like the blocks that RipRap posted - but there's more to it than that....
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#54
As I understand it bass are exempt as long as its released in the body of water you caught them in, am I right in saying this?
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#55
Rip - can you insert the table from Page 6 of the NEMBA Lists - Final pdf from you post on page 3 of this thread?
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#56
Roy Wrote:As I understand it bass are exempt as long as its released in the body of water you caught them in, am I right in saying this?

Depends WHERE that body of water is situated Roy.
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BWG
#57
CHAPTER 3
RESTRICTED ACTIVITES


6. Restricted activities

In addition to those activities defined in terms of section 1 of the Act as restricted activities, the following activities are hereby prescribed as restricted activities:

(a) spreading or allowing the spread of, any specimen of a listed invasive species;
(b) releasing any specimen of a listed invasive species;
© the transfer or release of a specimen of a listed invasive fresh-water species from one discrete catchment system in which it occurs, to another discrete catchment system in which it does not occur; or, from within a part of a discrete catchment system where it does occur to another part where it does not occur as a result of a natural or artificial barrier;
(d) discharging of or disposing into any waterway or the ocean, water from an aquarium, tank or other receptacle that has been used to keep a specimen of an alien species or a listed invasive freshwater species;
(e) catch and release of a specimen of a listed invasive fresh-water fish or listed invasive fresh-water invertebrate species;
(f) the introduction of a specimen of an alien or listed invasive species to off-shore islands; or
(g) the release of a specimen of a listed invasive fresh-water fish species, or of a listed invasive fresh water invertebrate species into a discrete catchment system in which it already occurs.

I am awaiting an expert opinion.......
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#58
Luckily - from all the legislation, none of the bass species are listed as category 1a.

1a fish must - in terms of the act - be combatted or eradicated.
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#59
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs on 1 August 2014 published in Government Gazette 37885 Notice Number 598 the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations 2014 and in Government Gazette 37886 Notice Number 599 the Alien and Invasive Species Lists 2014 under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act10 of 2004 (NEM:BA). These repeal the 2013 Regulations and come into effect within 60 days of publication in the gazette.
The Alien and Invasive Species List 2014 contains the following notices, which must be read together with the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations 2014:
•Notice 1: lists the different categories of listed invasive species, in terms of which restricted activities are prohibited in terms of section 71A (1), exempted in terms of section 71 (3), or which require a permit in terms of section 71 (1) of NEM:BA;
•Notice 2: lists all exempted alien species in terms of section 66 (1) of NEM:BA;
•Notice 3: provides a national list of invasive species in terms of section 70 (1) of NEM:BA; and
•Notice 4: lists all prohibited alien species in terms of section 67 (1) of NEM:BA.

Herewith the relevant documents again to save you from looking back:
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Notices 1 - 4 are contained in this list.
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#60
Kassie Wrote:Rip - can you insert the table from Page 6 of the NEMBA Lists - Final pdf from you post on page 3 of this thread?

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NOTICE 3 IS THE TWO SNIPPETS RELEVANT TO BASS WHICH I POSTED IN THE EARLIER POST.
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