Reports: State of the Bay

T The Saldanha State of the Bay monitoring programme is designed to provide an annual assessment of the state of Saldanha Bay, Langebaan Bay and surrounding ecosystems.


  • Direct monitoring of a number of important ecosystem indicators was initiated by the SBWQFT in 1999, including water quality (faecal coliform, temperature, oxygen and pH), sediment quality (trace metals, hydrocarbons, total organic carbon (TOC) and nitrogen) and benthic macrofauna.
  • The range of parameters monitored has expanded since then to include surf zone fish and rocky intertidal macrofauna (both initiated in 2005) and led to the commissioning of a “State of the Bay” technical report series in 2006.

A detailed State of the Bay report is produced every year that summarises all available data and information on:

  • Activities and discharges affecting the health of the Bay (residential and industrial development, dredging, coastal erosion, shipping, and sewage and other wastewaters, and fish effort),
  • Water quality in the Bay itself (temperature, oxygen, salinity, nutrients, and pH),
  • Sediment quality (particle size, trace metal and hydrocarbon.
  • As well as Ground Water, Benthic Macrofauna, Rocky Shore, Fish, Birds and Alien Species
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A Anchor Environmental is an independent consulting firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. They offer ecological and economic expertise to inform management and decision making regarding the use and conservation of natural resources.

Anchor has conducted the “State of the Bay” Monitoring programme for Saldanha Bay and Langebaan Lagoon annually since 2008.

These reports presents data on parameters monitored directly by the SBWQFT as well as those monitored by others (government, private industry, academic establishments and NGOs).

Their main areas of interest are biodiversity and ecology, hydrological and oceanographic monitoring, ecosystem services, socio-economic studies, environmental and resource economics, conservation policy, strategy and planning, environmental flows, environmental monitoring and natural resource management problems in general.

The staff are associates of the University of Cape Town and have produced more than 200 technical reports and have published over 75 scientific papers and regularly participate in international conferences.

SALDANHA BAY AND LANGEBAAN LAGOON WATER CATCHMENT AREA

State of the Bay Report Archives

23rd October 2018

State of the Bay 2018 Technical Report

Saldanha Bay has been identified as an economic development node by national government and the establishment of an Industrial Development Zone is well under way. The
18th October 2017

State of the Bay 2017 Technical Report

The residents living in and around Saldanha Bay and Langebaan Lagoon are truly blessed to have such a unique ecological wonder on their doorstep. Visitors to
16th October 2017

State of the Bay 2017 Glossy Report

Developments in Saldanha Bay and Langebaan Lagoon during the past thirty years have inevitably impacted on the environment. Most parameters investigated in this study suggest that
16th October 2016

State of the Bay 2016 Technical Report

Regular, long-term environmental monitoring is essential to identify and to enable proactive mitigation of negative human impacts on the environment (e.g. pollution), and in so doing
24th October 2015

State of the Bay 2015 Technical Report

Concerns were initially raised by the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) relating to water quality in Small Bay and specifically discharge of waste by-products by the
26th October 2014

State of the Bay 2013/2014 Technical Report

As we enter our fifteenth year of monitoring of the Saldanha Bay/Langebaan Lagoon ecosystem, it is also a time for reflection. Where did this start, what