"The ultimate goal in the management of coastal systems is to keep the
resources suitable for all designated uses, both existing and future. this
includes the 'use'of designated areas for biodiversity protection and
"In order to manage coastal systems effectively so that they remain
suitable for designated uses, objectives and measurable targets should be
set for the different factors defining the integrity of the coastal system
taking into account the requirements of designated uses..."
"The South African Water Quality Guidelines for Coastal Marine
Waters was first published by the the Department of Water Affairs and
Forestry, in 1995, to ensure that coastal water quality is effectively
manged in the interest of the public. the Department of Environmental
Affairs has taken the initiative to review and update these Guidelines
pertaining to recreational use. This document contains a summary of the
revised guidelines for coastal waters in South Africa. The guidelines are
aimed at assisting local authorities and stakeholders to better assess and
manage the suitability of recreational waters..."