With the support of the Table Mountain Fund and World Wildlife Fund, the conservancy is launching a new project to protect our rivers and the aquatic species that depend on them.
The Grootvadersbosch Conservancy is home to several important indigenous freshwater fish species, including the critically endangered Tradouw redfin, which is considered one of the top five freshwater fishes in the fynbos region that requires immediate conservation action. Furthermore, 14 of the 20 freshwater fish that are endemic to the fynbos region are considered Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered. The habitat of these fish has been subject to human induced changes, including water abstraction, flow modifications, introduction of non-native, invasive predatory fish and invasion by non-native riparian vegetation.
Over the next three years, GASPP will work with our partners (Bionerds, FRC, Cape Nature and Landcare), to ensure the survival of these species and the protection of the aquatic systems as a whole. The project has two key objectives: