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Sardine frenzy reaches KZN shores

by Zahid Jadwat

The annual sardine run graced the shores of Margate, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, bringing excitement to the coastal town. The first shoal, netted at Margate Main Beach, is expected to be followed by several more in coming weeks.

Known as the ‘sardine run’, the annual pilchard migration is a natural phenomenon that delights fishermen and beach goers. The shiny creatures attract hordes of enthusiastic locals, tourists, dolphins, sharks and birds.

“We had a fantastic day today,” said netter Tony Moon. He told SABC News he was able to catch around 500 crates of sardine. “The timing was right,” he added.


Another netter, Jace Govender, told IOL about a “mesmerising spectacle”.


“Between June and July, billions of sardines migrate northwards along the coast, creating a shimmering ribbon of silver and blue that stretches as far as the eye can see.


“This massive shoal is accompanied by an array of marine life, including dolphins, whales and seabirds, all feasting on the abundant sardine supply,” Govender added.


The initial sighting in Margate, about 130 km south of Durban, was followed by others at Hibberdene and Port Shepstone. Scores more fish are anticipated to reach Durban in coming weeks.


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