Cape Nordic Corporation (CNC) is a newly registered company, which was established with South African and Danish partners, for the primary purpose of introducing aquaculture farming operations along the Cape coast. As a first project in South Africa, CNC plans to design, construct and operate a land-based aquaculture farm at a total investment cost of approximately R1 billion. The proposed Aquaculture Farm will be located on the farm Bottelfontein, situated 22 km south of Elands Bay, in the district of Piketberg, Bergriver Municipality in the Western Cape Province.
Planet Capital (PC) was appointed by CNC as an Independent Environmental Consultant to conduct a Basic Environmental Assessment as required in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) for the above proposed development. PC in turn has appointed and coordinated various supplementary and independent specialist studies, including; Botanical, Fauna, Marine Ecology, Visual and Heritage, Birds and Bats, Traffic, Archaeology, Palaeontology and Seawater Extraction and Discharge. This Background Information Document (BID) was prepared as part of the Public Participation Process, to inform Interested and Affected Parties of the proposed development and to equip them to meaningfully participate in the above process.
The project will be developed in three stages. Phase 1 is estimated to produce 1,800 ton/year live weight salmon, which will be expanded to 5,400 ton/year through the Phase 2 and 3 developments. See Figure 1 below for the site location, indicated by the yellow marker. The farm is approximately 535 hectares in extent and the property has a 1.2 km seafront. It is foreseen that the proposed aquaculture facility will utilize an area of approximately 7.5 ha, which is the minimum size required for a financially viable development of this type. The site has been chosen by CNC on the basis of its location away from any potential land or sea-based pollution. According to CNC, the West Coast of South Africa is also the only coastal area in South Africa that has the necessary cold-water temperatures that could accommodate the kind of finfish culture being proposed (without significant additional cooling/ energy inputs).