The St. Helena Bay Water Quality Trust was established on July 13, 2000 (letter of Authority No.IT2049/2000).
The Credo of Trust is to assume shared responsibility for maintaining the health, diversity and productivity of our own coastal environment.
The letter of Authority states the Trust's mission clearly:
- establish, implement and enforce a comprehensive overall water quality monitoring program in St Helena Bay, Velddrif and West Coast Peninsula,
- promote proper planning to cope with potential environmental disasters in the dedicated area, and
- in general support, promote and co-ordinate the environmental integrity and well-being of the dedicated area as a whole.
Structure of the Trust
The structure of the Trust is made up out of:
- Trustees who's names are registered with the Master of the High Court
- Stakeholders from the Fishing Industry, National and Local Government
- a Trust manager
- a registered water analytical laboratory to test the sampled water
- a dedicated Charted Accountant firm, a Bookkeeper, and
- other interested parties such as the media, shipbuilders, the tourism sector, allied businesses and the general public, The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Affairs was instrumental in setting the ground rules for identifying the possible stakeholders and has since played an active role in the work of the Trust. Marine and Coastal Management also plays an important role in helping the Trust to reach the goals of their vision and mission.
Broad definitions of role-players that could have an impact on seawater are divided in two main categories:
- Major role players are all those industries and institutions who currently
- discharge an effluent exceeding 500,000 cubic meters per annum into marine or estuarine environment in accordance with Section 21 exemptions issued in terms of Water Act 54 of 1956 - (all fishing industries listed).
- operates within the Berg river estuarine system in accordance with the Environmental Management Programme Report as it was approved in terms of the Minerals Act
- have retarded the flow of water within the Berg River by means of dam construction and responsible for completing a reserve determination of Marine Products license application in terms of Section 21(h) of the Natural Water Act
- while medium role players are those :
- whose activities result in a discharge volume of 0 to 500,000 cubic meters of industrial effluent per annum into the marine environment which at a certain stage can cause significant pollution.
According to the above categories the following Stakeholders are contributing funds to the Trust to do its work:
- Berg River Municipality
- Saldanha Bay Municipality
- BP Marine
- Dromedaris Visserye
- Eigelaars Bote
- Hannasbaai/Jaloersbaai Fishing
- Laaiplek Slipway
- Oceana Brands
- Foodcorp - Fishing division
- West Point
- Visko Vis Produkte
- Umoya Fish Processors
- Tallie Marine
- Gannet Sea Products/Skipper Choice
Other interested parties are:
- Departmentments of Water Affairs and Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Affairs
- West Coast District Municipality: Health Services
- Marine and Coastal Management
- WAM Technology
Trust meetings are bi-monthly. The work of the Trust are planned and coordinated at these meetings and for this reason the presence and input of trustees, stakeholders and other interested parties are of vital importance.
Public MeetingOnce a year, in November, the public are invited to attend the Public meeting of the Trust. The purpose of this meeting is to inform the broader public on the work of the Trust.
- To discuss all other environmental issues
- To discuss marine water quality issues
- To get all users and impacters together
- To monitor marine water quality
- To prevent marine water quality degradation
- To promote marine water quality
- To share the cost of monitoring programmes