Sardines spotted, but remain elusive to fishermen

2015-07-22 08:33
Small batches of sardines were being netted along the Durban coastline yesterday. It is hoped the sardines will reappear today. In the picture, a fishing crew unravel their net after an unsuccessful attempt by a ski-boat to try and bag the lucrative

Small batches of sardines were being netted along the Durban coastline yesterday. It is hoped the sardines will reappear today. In the picture, a fishing crew unravel their net after an unsuccessful attempt by a ski-boat to try and bag the lucrative (Jonathan Erasmus)

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Durban - Sardines were spotted just behind the backline on Durban’s Golden Mile, sending local fisherman on a hunting frenzy on Tuesday.

But the fishermen told The Witness that the catches were small, with roughly 150 baskets being lifted out of the water.

Glen Jansen, who came from the South Coast area, said what was significant is that there was very little by-catch.

“Throughout this season we have seen up to 25% of the nets being by-catch such as red-eye, which is pretty unusual,” said Jansen.

He said if the south-westerly wind continues, the sardines may surface in the Durban bay on Wednesday morning.

Mike Anderson-Reade, from the KZN Sharks Board, confirmed the nettings and sardine sightings from Addington Beach towards Pirates Surf-Life Saving Club further north.

Sardines have been spotted sporadically this year with sightings also on the South Coast on Tuesday.

One fisherman said: “At least they are here even if they are not beaching on the shore.”

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