Rough seas disrupt sardine run

2011-07-30 12:50

Rough sea conditions along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline have disrupted this year’s sardine run, the Natal Sharks Board (NSB) said today.

Chief executive Mike Anderson-Reade said that 3m to 4m- high waves had disrupted the movement of the shoals and had prevented the NSB from tracking their progress.

“The water was so bad that we weren’t able to use our boats. We haven’t seen a single sardine since last week,” he said.

“We just managed to get back into the water, but I’m not quite sure what the activity would be like now that things are calming down. I doubt we will see any more sardines, but you can never tell with these fish.”

The sardines usually begin their migration in the cool waters south of the African continent, and swim northeast into the warm Indian Ocean between June and July.

Last year, sardines began arriving on the province’s coastline in mid-July and resulted in bathing being banned for almost a month, due to the feeding of predators like sharks.

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