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Scuba diving ban softens

by Selwyn Bergman
on 29 Jan 2008
Oceanography SA
Oceanography SA

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has modified the restrictions on scuba diving in water around the Western Cape. Van Schalkwyk previously announced the controversial ban in order to improve the survival chances of abalone (perlemoen).

The original restrictions were to ban diving at Robben Island, Dyer Island, Bird Island, and the two coastal areas between Gansbaai and Quion Point and at Cape Point. However due to public outcry, the restrictions were modified to allow shore-base diving at Cape Point.

Van Schalkwyk said that: "Diving will therefore still be allowed at Cape Point, but is restricted to only shore-based diving and only within the access times of the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park."

The new regulations will take effect on 01 February 2008.

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