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  • 1 Karkloof Road, Howick
  • 033-330-3036

This Affects Us All…

So how do we add value as an NPC to the communities of KZN?

 

While so many people are talking about the despicable disaster thanks to the Willowton Group, we jumped right in and have been working around the clock to work out a rescue plan for the fish being annihilated by this terrible disaster… We, together with the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Mbona Private Nature Reserve, are setting the example of doing rather than talking about doing.

 

Today we received the go ahead to rescue what little fish (especially Yellowfish, a flagship species for our river systems) remain in the disaster struck area. The plan is over the next few days, to rescue the few fish that may have escaped the chemical spill up tributaries of the river system. They will be transported to the Mbona Private Nature Reserve where they will be kept safe in reservoirs of their hatchery.

These fish will then be used to breed from, should they survive, with the purpose of restocking the river system once full rehabilitation process is complete (potentially up to five years…) The project will involve Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, UKZN, FreeMe Wildife and other collaborative partners who can assist in the saving and then breeding of this species.

 

The sad news…today, we searched the entire river system running through the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy and only found three fish still alive…only three! They were hiding together in a culvert pipe on a small tributary. Two have bad lesions on their bodies and we doubt will make it, one looks strong and healthy for now.

This affects us all…

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