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22 Jun 2017

Sardines shoals netted from Isipingo to Park Rynie

Lesley Naude (North Coast Courier) Picture: Sardines being brought in at Scottburgh Beach on Wednesday. Photo: South Coast Herald

 

Netters are selling the fish at R900 a crate with each crate holding between 28 to 30 dozen sardines

Sardines have been spotted as far south as Park Rynie this afternoon and were being netted at Winklespruit, Amanzimtoti and Isipingo beaches since this morning.

KZN Sharks Board operations head Mike Anderson-Reade said a total of eight nets had been landed and net sizes have varied from small to medium with the largest net producing 300 crates.

The netters are selling the fish at R900 a crate with each crate holding between 28 to 30 dozen sardines depending on the size of the fish.

“Observations from the flight this morning revealed scattered pockets of sardine between Isipingo and Umgababa.

“These pockets are accompanied by a small number of Cape gannets.

“Apart from a number of Cape gannets seen off the Pennington and Sezela areas, no further sardine activity was noted on the southern KZN coast.

He said he hopes the strong south westerly wind forecast for this evening and the rougher conditions it brings will not move the fish offshore again.

Shark safety gear has been removed between and including Scottburgh and Anstey’s Beach on the Bluff.

All the other shark safety gear along the coast remains in place and beaches are open for bathing.

This may change as the run develops and more gear may be removed over the coming days depending on the status of the sardine shoals.

 

A shoal was netted and brought to shore just north of Amanzimtoti main beach this afternoon. Photo: South Coast Sun.

 

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