Harry Hill, writes:
Monday this week was the last day to register as an interested and affected party for the environmental authorisation process for the establishment of a fish meal and oil reduction plant in the Mossel Bay harbour.
It is hoped that all property and business owners in the old CBD area of Mossel Bay will object en masse to the establishment of such a plant, which could have a devastating effect on Mossel Bay's tourism economy as well as the CBD and surrounding property markets. According to the specialist Air Quality Impact Assessment which has been prepared for the project "it is generally accepted that odours will always be generated during fish meal production processes".
The report also refers to it as "offensive odours". Although the report suggests that certain mitigating measures could be implemented, there can be no guarantee that the area, which houses prime tourist attractions such as the Dias Museum Complex, the Santos Blue Flag beach, the Goods Shed Flea Market, the Point area and some of Mossel Bay's best restaurants and accommodation facilities, will not be engulfed permanently by the stench of rotten fish. It would be downright reckless if the local and other authorities allow the project, which will seriously affect the value of hundreds of residential properties within a radius of two kilometres of the plant, as well as result in many job losses in the tourism industry, to proceed.