Sardine run update: ‘massive shoal’ reaches South Coast, bumper run expected

2011-06-22 00:00

SMALL shoals of sardines which were seen yesterday off the Hibberdene area have moved northwards up to Park Rynie extending through to Pennington on the provincie’s south coast.

KZN Sharks Board’s (KZNSB) Debbie Hargreaves said there has been extensive netting, with the bulk netted at Pennington.

“Some large nets of 200 to 300 baskets were taken and the fish are still commanding R600 per basket.

“We expect these fish to move northwards overnight, possibly reaching as far north as Amanzimtoti by Thursday.”

Hargreaves said that a sardine flight revealed a large gathering of sardine predators off Port Grosvernor off the Wild Coast.

“This is more to the north of the usual Waterfall Bluff holding area and we expect these fish to continue onto the KZN coast over the next week,” she said.

“Further south we were greeted by a spectacle of thousands of Cape Gannets and dolphins stretching in a continuous line for about six kilometres from Brazen Head to just north of the Umtata River.

“This is a massive shoal of sardines which, if they continue onto the KZN coast, may produce a bumper run. The KZNSB will continue to monitor this shoal as it has a direct bearing on decisions regarding the timing of the placement of shark safety gear along the south coast.”

As a result of the fast-moving action on the upper south coast, all shark safety gear south of Durban has been removed for the moment and bathers are advised to consult lifesavers before entering the sea at popular beaches.

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