South Africa's Continued Protection and Concern
For Cape Fur Seal Welfare


From: SEAL ALERT SA
Date: July 4, 2007

South Africa's Continued Protection and Concern
For Cape Fur Seal Welfare


Dear All Cape Fur Seal Supporters and media,
     Considering the carnage that is currently occurring in Namibia, in its annual cull of its seals, which by now has clubbed to death over 3000 individual baby seals and which Seal Alert-SA guarantees is within another mass die-off year via starvation, perhaps even larger than last year. That our seal population, just a little further south, in South Africa, has a department that openly and actively protects and considers seal welfare and their protection, and takes into consideration public opinion. Dr Mayekiso and his staff is to be highly commended, as well as Pam Yako for her directorship.
 
For the Seals
Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA
----- Original Message -----
From:
Sealalert
To: Msimelelo Mdledle ; Theressa Akkers ; Beryl Batties
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 7:17 PM
Subject: South Africa's Continued Protection and Concern For Cape Fur Seal Welfare

Dear Msimelelo/Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism,
CC : Cape fur Seal Supporters and Media,
 
      Thank you for your letter (see below) in regard to
Protected Seals Mutilation Via Standard Fishing Industry Entanglement. It is indeed a pleasure to see the effort the Department has gone to into introducing these regulations in fishery permits, to minimise the harmful effects of commercial fishing on the marine environment, and in particular reference to the seals. Dr Monde Mayekiso and his staff at Marine and Coastal Management are to be highly commended.
 
     The meeting referred to was constructive, and it is hoped the industry will consider banning plastic loops for tuna storage/freezing and instead replace these with the suggested Seal Alert-SA designed single plastic coated/stainless steel line with two hook-eyes for hanging. As pointed out by Seal Alert-SA the issue is not the lack of suitable regulations, but compliance by the industry. The cost of replacing these plastic loops would be minimal (less than a rand) and if possible be made to specification (perhaps even the possibility of a small industry for someone unemployed). As a then value item, which is re-useable, the overall cost would be negligible to the fishing industry. Ms Theressa Frantz agreed to pursue this further and her assistance is appreciated.
 
     If accepted, Seal Alert-SA strongly feels that the mutilation of seals by the local fishing industry would be considerably reduced, and the welfare of thousands of seals in the future protected, via a preventative pro-active strategy by your department. I look forward to its confirmation.
 
     It is indeed a pleasure to work constructively on seal issues with your department. We thank you.
 
For the Seals
Francois Hugo Seal Alert-SA