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Sardine fever hits KZN's South Coast

By unknown | Jun 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

Sardine fever has struck the lower South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

The silvery fish that make the annual migration to the South Coast were first spotted off Margate.

By noon yesterday, fishermen were enjoying successful catches of about 80 crates near Southbroom. At Port Edward sharks bit into the nets and the sardines got away.

Local resident Judy Davis said the community was waiting "but it is the big shoal everyone is talking about".

Davis said locals were still anticipating the big shoal of millions of sardines, accompanied by a shoal of dolphins, Cape gannets, sharks and game fish.

"The big shoal is still at Water Bluff in the Transkei, and we hope this year it does not pass us by as it has in the past two years."

According to Mike Anderson-Reade of the sharks board there is a lot of activity on the Eastern Cape coast.

"Conditions are excellent on the lower South Coast. It looks great for a decent run ahead."


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