DURBAN – The Covid-19 pandemic did not stop locals in KwaZulu Natal from flocking to the beaches to catch the annual sardine run. The sardine run actually brought some relief to hungry communities across KwaZulu Natal, especially around the South Coast.
Approximately 400 crates of sardines were given away on Sunday, June 21, by Seine netters from Team Moonlight and Team Vees1 to poor communities in the Isipingo and Umlazi areas located in the south of Durban.
Due to the level 3 regulations of the national lockdown, recreational fishing is allowed which is a relief for poorer communities. Phelisa Mangcu from Ugu South Coast Tourism said: “Our local fishermen welcomed the announcement that recreational fishing is allowed in advanced level 3, with permits. Anglers have certainly been making the most of this new regulation. We are pleased to see they are practising the required health and safety protocols, including wearing masks, regular hand sanitising and social distancing.”
However, as the shark nets were lifted for locals to enjoy the annual sardine run, many have had experiences with different marine life. Various videos appeared online with sharks swimming to shore.
Dr Ryan Daly from the Oceanographic Research Institute said: Diving this past weekend, there were many spinner sharks inshore. It’s interesting to see because we don’t often get the big, mature spinner sharks inshore. With the sardine run and this year’s volume of fish, we’re seeing more of them inshore than usual. They’ve been joined by the dusky sharks and black-tip sharks, which are usually found near Aliwal Shoal.”
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