The Mossel Bay Municipality has decided not to remove natural debris from non-swimming beaches any more in the municipal area throughout the year and from swimming beaches during the winter months.
The decision was taken based on scientific evidence of the ecological impact that the removal of natural debris has on beaches in general, and estuaries in particular.
The sand dunes and natural vegetation are a fundamental part of the estuarine ecology and are washed away periodically by flooding. However, they quickly re-establish themselves if allowed to. With the recent inception of clearing activities on the beaches, this natural process is being disrupted and the vegetation and dunes are unable to re-establish themselves. This in turn has a detrimental effect on the local ecology, river flow, wildlife and vegetation.
The swimming beaches concerned are Point main beach (area around the tidal pool), Santos, De Bakke (section adjacent to the public ablution facility), Bayview (Nooitgedacht) (section of beach below the public ablution facility), Diaz Beach (area adjacent to the public area at the hotel), Hartenbos (swimming area below restaurant and Blue Flag section), Little Brak River (Blue Flag section adjacent to parking lot), Souwesia (area adjacent to campsite), Suiderkruis (area adjacent to river mouth) and Glentana (main beach adjacent to the main public parking lot).