The sardines are back! The good news for fishermen was covered in the press this week as large catches of sardines along Durban’s beach front caused much excitement.
For more than five years sardine catches have been unsuccessful in the region, but this week large numbers of sardines were spotted along the South Coast, as fishermen scoured the waters between Blue Lagoon and uShaka Beach.
Seasoned fisherman, Tony Outar Moon, said, “The sardines were in deeper waters in the past few years. It is hard to predict where they will show up next.”
The SA Agulhas II has embarked on its latest research expedition. According to the press this week the vessel left Cape Town harbour on Tuesday to carry out a 25-day research expedition in the Southern Ocean. The research will be taking place in three main research areas: the third Southern Ocean Seasonal Cycle Experiment, South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation South Africa and the Southern Ocean Trace Metal and Bio Geochemistry.
There has been a focus in the press this week on the uncertain future of the South African penguin. Although there has been some stabilisation in bird numbers, this is no reason to allow for complacency.
According to Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) spokesman, Zolile Nqayi, the department has set several goals to ensure the future of the African penguin. These include ensuring that the birds continue to be regarded as a protected species and the department is looking into the possibility of establishing new bird colonies in areas where there is more protection and more food readily available.