Blustery Berg wind keeps sardines at bay

2012-07-05 00:00

NUMEROUS shoals of sardines played hard to get yesterday when a blustery Berg wind kept them behind the breakers off Durban’s beachfront.

Netters, who haven’t had much luck on the South Coast, descended on Durban mid-morning, but found the fish elusive.

The head of operations at KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, Mike Anderson-Reade, said boat operators found it just as difficult to land their catches.

“At one stage seven netting boats were out on the water off Durban’s Golden Mile. However, by mid-morning the warm, moderate Berg wind made it impossible to spot the shoals.

“Most of the netters returned to the beach by midday.”

There were a number of shoals in the vicinity, and if the weather improved today, Anderson-Reade said, the beachfront and northern beach areas would likely be a hive of activity.

To date, few predators appear to have followed the sardines. But as a precaution, the Sharks Board has removed its nets from most northern beaches in Durban.

This is not the case from Suncoast Casino beach to uShaka, where bathing is still allowed, said Anderson-Reade.

However, any change in the situation would see shark safety gear removed along this stretch, too.

All shark nets along the Hibiscus coast have also been removed.

Further south, close to Ramsgate, only small schools of sardines have made an appearance.

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