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Oorlogskloof Rivier

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#1
Has anybody ever fished the Oorlogskloof River? I understand certain areas are off limits for fishing. Heard a rumour that there might some awesome fishing there. I have caught some awesome bass in the Doornriver, those river bass are strong! Does anybody know about Oorlogs though?
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#2
You should try and make contact with Wessel Pretorius the guy from Cape Nature in Nieuwoudtville who is responsible for Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve. Very friendly guy and will definetly be able to help.
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Please keep us posted, sounds like an interesting venue to fish
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A fishy business in the cederberg

The Oorlogskloof river valley is one of the last sanctuaries for the critically endangered Clanwilliam Sandfish, endangered Clanwiliam Sawfin and the vulnerable Clanwilliam yellow fish. Part of this area is protected in the Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve and the river valley has also been identified as a biodiversity corridor linking the Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve to conservation areas in the Cederberg.

The property below the Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve has a natural barrier of huge boulders that has prevented the migration of alien invasive fish into the upper reaches of the Oorlogskloof river valley. Bass, bluegill sunfish and other alien fish lie in the pools below the barrier whilst above it the threatened endemic fish can live, feed and breed in peace - without the threat of their habitat being altered, their food source being eaten, and their juveniles predated on by the alien fish...... well, until recently.

A survey conducted by a joint team from the Northern Cape Department for Environment and Nature Conservation (DENC) and CapeNature in 2010, revealed that banded tilapia had been introduced (source unknown) into the Nieuwoudtville municipal dam above the Oorlogskloof river valley, and these were found to have invaded the previously pristine Oorlogksloof river valley.

This discovery has prompted a project to compile a Sandfish Biodiversity Species Management Plan for the Clanwilliam sandfish. Besides being endangered and now under further pressure from more of its habitat being invaded by alien fish, the sandfish is a flagship species for this river system and any actions to conserve it will benefit the rest of the critical aquatic biodiversity in the area. DENC, CapeNature, the Table Mountain Fund and Dr Bruce Paxton (freshwater consultant) are collaborating to make this project happen and it should be concluded by December 2011.

Inter Provinical cooperation is essential for the conservation of the sandfish and other threatened fish species, as the Oorlogskloof and Kobee River cross the Northern and Western Cape provincial boundary. During the project the catchment of the Oorlogskloof river will be assessed to determine the threats to the sandfish and what conservation actions are needed to ensure its survival into the future. Biod-S Management Plans for critically endangered species are a requirement of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (No10 of 2004) and this will be the first Biod-S Management Plan compiled for a fish species in the Northern Cape. "The team is dedicated and already a lot fitter, as the terrain of the Oorlogskloof is not for the faint hearted!", says Mandy Schumann, DENC representative in the region.


Date posted: 14 October 2011

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