Fish population in recovery

Century City

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Date 22 June 2018
Author Tatum Sieni
Contact Email info@centurycity.co.za
Contact Telephone +27 21 552 6889

Century City’s fish population is slowly recovering from the losses which occurred as a result of the lowering of the canal water for canal edge repairs in 2014.

Alan Liebenberg, Century City’s Environmental Manager, said this had been confirmed by their annual fish survey which was conducted in the second week of March.

“The survey results also show that the indigenous Sandelia population has recovered quicker than the Tilapia and the current ratio is now 1:1. The Century City canals are in fact home to one of the largest Sandelia populations in the Western Cape. All the Tilapia, which are not indigenous to this region, that were caught during the survey were removed.”

Liebenberg said that a single small carp was caught in the nets during the survey.

“This confirms that while carp are still in the system, the predatory nature of both the Sandelia and Tilapia are currently keeping their growth in check.”

He added that during May, fyke nets were set within the Ratanga Junction waterways as a first step in the removal of the fish prior to the draining of the canals for development to take place.

“The Talapia that were caught were removed from the system and the indigenous Sandelia were released into the Century City canals.”