Cape Town - The Lambert's Bay Kreeffees organisers have taken a bold step and are leading the way in conservation and responsible eating, as they have cancelled the iconic West Coast rock lobster festival due to the species' recent 'Endangered' listing.
The Lambertsbaai Kreeffees website last week announced that they have decided to cancel the festival, due over the weekend of 17 to 19 March this year.
The decision comes, they say, after the shock announcement from the World Wide Fund - Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (WWF-SASSI) on 20 December last year to officially place West Coast Rock Lobster (Jasus lalandii), commonly known as kreef, on their Red List.
SEE: West Coast Rock Lobster classified 'Endangered', Red Listed by WWF-SASSI
Since the announcement, WWF-SASSI has pleaded with members of the public to #SkipTheKreef this summer and "help bring the West Coast rock lobster back from the edge of commercial extinction".
According to the Lambertsbaai Kreeffees organisers, news from "SASSI, informing the public at large that the Weskus Kreef was placed on the red list, came as a total surprise and shock" at first.
"With this new information, the committee exhausted all possible options to host this year's Kreeffees, but to no avail. Financially it was just not viable. Under the circumstances, it is impossible to host the 2017 Lambert’s Bay Kreeffees."
Apart from the cancellation of the festival, other tourist attractions and restaurants should also look to alternative menu options for kreef if they would like to stay on the green side of SASSI's sustainability list.
SEE: How you can make a responsible seafood choice
According to the festival Facebook Page, other exciting activities might be organised for the weekend of 17 to 19 March, but these will have no West Coast Rock Lobster on the menu.
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