Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mission Rocks - Eastern Shores Destination

Mission Rocks

iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

Satellite View (2016)

Gate Times
Open 06:00 to 18:00
Strict Park Rules obtainable at the entrance gate. Please read before you sign.
Mission Rocks is generally open to the public unless they are doing road maintenance. No one one can really tell you when that is. The contractors can and will close the road to mission rocks at their own discretion.
We where there 16 March 2017 and no work was done on the Mission Rocks Road or Parking. Great to drive with any vehicle in dry conditions. Have not been there on a wet rainy day since the upgrades to the road.
What To Do
It is a Rocky shore best visited over the Spring Low tides. That would be ideally 2 - 3 days before Full/New Moon until 2 - 3 days after, Best times would be 2 - 3 hours before low tide until 2 - 3 hours after low tide.
Snorkel Masks can be use, but only recommended amongst the inter tidal pools. Those are the pools this side of the shore break.
Sun Bathing is unavoidable. Take hats, sun block and extra water at all times. When going North (Towards Cape Vidal) it is a easy walk back on high tide this side of small bats. Going South is a low tide walk and high tide can be very unforgiving. Take extra food and water when walking towards St Lucia. You may have to stay over the high tide before walking back.
Remember the Gate Times. Large Penalties is payable when you are late. No excuses is accepted by the current Park Management.
Fishing Ultra Light/Light/Medium and Heavy is a great experience at Mission Rocks. You will need your Recreational Angling Licence. You should consider your Natal Rock Lobster and Bait Collection Licenses ass well.
Please make sure that if you are tempted to remove shells of the beach that they are not inhabited with little inter tidal creatures.

By Petrus Viviers

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sediment Time Line

When Heaven Meet's Earth

Estuary 101

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The enormity of Soil Erosion

When Smart catch his boss

Born 2 Fish

Over many years it has proven that Anglers and Hunters are the most level headed conservationist under the sun, but Dear Mr Zaloumis disenfranchised us. Now he has much bigger fish to fry. #Conservation101 was started to teach people they are all just puppets and stupid emotions normally cost the environment more than a few animals and fish caught annually. Yes you may think, as a snow flake, you have the rights of emotions on your side, but the World is over populated and people will eat. You can either protect the habitat and feed them from it. Or Huge Corporations will over run the habitat and feed them from that.

Snow Flake ... the choice is yours. I will gladly go for the Hunter Gatherer Scenario, but as all humans are .. if I can't have so can't you. Plain and simple. Hope people realise this next time they get all emotional about a little fish or a Rhino Horn being Sold. Yes I am not stupid. I am all for conservation, but the luxury of Conservation is expensive. If you don't fund it or starve it's funds some one else will find better use for the Real Estate.

Short and Sweet. Andrew Zaloumis and Valimoosa disenfranchised a World recognised customer base and it will be relapsed with another more lucrative more powerful customer base. 

Thank You

Snow Flakes      

Friday, March 03, 2017

Where has the water gone?

Public Perception

Managing The Truth

"Due to the nature of mass media the truth is irrelevant". - Captain Paul Watson

Well that is not quite as simple as that. Paul Watson has made a life out of managing public perception through emotional mass media statements. Yet nothing he does is relevant in saving the planet. Japan still kill whales. Some species of whales has become the rodents of the ocean and we are still very much emotional about Trophy Hunting.  Social popularity dictates that we have to be the Alpha Sheep to be acceptable. 

In order to save the Planet from greedy people and that includes Paul Watson, we have to embark on a fact finding mission. For many years a big concern was where does the water go. Well the answer is smoked screened in wind directions, evaporation and even tidal movements. So let us forget about all that. Let us focus on Mathematics. Something we can compute with out expensive computers to do the algorithms. 

To pump sediment from the beach we need to do it at a flow rate of 7 litres of water for every 1 kg of sand. Now that is easy to calculate how much water you need if you know how much sand you have to move. So the question begs it self to be asked. Why does one start with a water born sediment removal program in the begging of the winter (April 2016) in the height of a drought? The asthmatics is basic (Sediment Volume x 7 = Water Displacement).

Any way so the project was set at 11 years for completion. This was clearly not acceptable because in January 2017 mechanical equipment was brought in to move 96 000 cubes of sand. This is at the height of the Turtle Hatching Season.

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St Lucia Estuary Hatchlings
But it did not stop there ... a total of 19 dump trucks and some excavators and bull dossers was incorporated to complete the next phase of the rehabilitation plan. Today it seems that the excavators has run into some difficulty digging out the mud from the previous iMfolozi River Flood plain. Any farmer can tell you that mud is the seal of a dam. Now the Estuary is no dam. but something has to keep the water above sea level. Sine the current water table is 1.2 meter above mean sea level. 

Some more food for though will be coming this way soon.

   Petrus Viviers