From below Malmok to just under Arashi there is about a 1.5km long stretch of bordered swimming area, free of boats that extends out 20-40m from the shore. This wasn't here a year ago. It is bordered with yellow buoyed rope. This is one of my favorite routes and one of my concerns approaching this vacation was recreational and fishing traffic on long swims, so I purchased an inflatable, orange swim-along buoy for visibility. But when I arrived I noticed it was all roped off. The swim-buoy stayed in the jeep un-needed.
On my 2nd open water swim there, swimming my way back I noticed a man floating on a large tube in a full body wetsuit wearing a safari hat doing something to the ropes with much attention. As I approached closer he seemed to be scrubbing the rope with a butter knife, and I then spoke, startling him at work (maybe he thought I was a shark) - lol. I asked him the purpose of the area being roped off, and he said "for swimming safety". I asked him Why are you scrubbing all this rope?" He said something about the rope being an irritant to the hands. Not certain if something grows on the rope that is an irritant requiring a periodic scrubbing, or if the rope itself is the irritant, and needs an once-over. He was nevertheless only 50m into a 1500m task, needless to say, I bothered him no more with my questions. Then as I swam off I realized that when I startle him, I accidentally greeted him with "Ayo" instead of "Bon Tardi". He must of had a dinner story to tell, I did.