The Kassiesbaai fishing village is the last remaining historical fishing village in South Africa and is a Grade 1 Heritage Site. Fish House will be:
- An information centre for visitors. It will assist small enterprises to explore tourism opportunities for the local community;
- A heritage centre that provides access to the history, archaeology and ecology of the area electronically and interactively; and
- A resource centre and income generator for the local community.
The idea for the centre arose from needs expressed in the local community. The Waenhuiskrans Fishermen’s Union initially made land available for the centre to be build at the entrance to the historic village. This decision was confirmed in a participation process and at a number of general meetings of the Fishermen’s Union.
The Waenhuiskrans / Arniston Community Development Trust raised funds for the proposed centre, after significant initial seed funding from the Anna Fitzgerald Trust. Support from the Cape Agulhas Municipality will enable the centre to be built on a portion of municipal land next to the fishing harbour.
The process for approval for Fish House was a long process. It involved legally reclaiming a portion of land where the legal documentation got lost in long forgotten processes and surveys.