Sardine run: south coast fish frenzy

2008-06-11 00:00

Ramsgate beach on the south coast was a hive of activity yesterday as hopefuls engaged in a frenzy for sardines. While some filled buckets and their arms, others used nets to catch fish in their hundreds. The first shoal of sardines was spotted near the Wild Coast on Tuesday and yesterday a three-kilometre shoal moved from Southbroom to Ramsgate.

All shark nets have been removed, but the drumlines are still in place for safety reasons. Michael Bertram, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism, said the sardine season is great fun for both locals and tourists and that the economic spin-offs are enormous. ‘It’s a great feeling when the sardines appear. Truly a very special occasion for us.’ Call the Sardine Run Hotline at 082 284 9495.

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