Bathing banned in these areas as sardine activity increases

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Thursday 4th July 2019

There has been an increase in sardine related activity between Bazely and Amanzimtoti over the past few days. Yesterday morning it was reported that from first light, shoals of sardines started rising to the surface about 1km offshore and this activity stretched from Kelso through to Umdoni Point which is about 5km.

There were scattered shoals inshore as well but these shoals looked thin on the surface. Sharks were seen jumping in amongst the offshore shoals and there were 40-50 Cape Gannets diving in this area. At one stage yellowfin tuna were seen smashing through some of the inshore shoals.

There were numerous attempted nettings which were unsuccessful at Pennington, Scottburgh, Illovo and Winkle that we know of and there was two confirmed nettings at Amanzimtoti. The two nets consisted of around 15 crates and 250 crates.

It was also reported that there was quiet a lot of gamefish activity with the sardines in this area. Yesterday afternoon just before sunset, the pockets of sardines had moved right into the backline at Scottburgh so hopefully today is going to be busy. The weather is due to change tomorrow morning with a fresh South Westerly predicted so make sure you take advantage of any action today.

Once again, these fish are very unpredictable and are capable of doing disappearing acts overnight.

At the moment the Bathing between Isipingo and Scottburgh is banned due to the sardine related activity in these areas. If you are unsure about the Bathing status please make sure you chat to the Lifeguards before entering the water.

The KZNSB will continue to monitor activity in the days ahead.

Greg Thompson

Acting: Head of Operations

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