South Coast sizzles with sardines



KwaZulu-Natal’s Sardine Run has really come home to roost on the province’s South Coast.

The big shoals that have landed at Scottburgh, Pennington, Umzumbe, St Michael’s Beach, Margate and Ramsgate over the past two weeks has drawn throngs of people to this popular holiday and leisure destination.

Reports indicate that there are even more shoals due and this is seen as an excellent opportunity for more anglers, media, inquisitive public and netters to witness and benefit from this world renowned natural phenomenon.

Ugu South Coast Tourism CEO Justin Mackrory said, “The multiple arrivals of shoals have added great value to our mid-year season. One dive and charter operator I spoke to is beaming with delight as many clients are going out to experience the run from his Shelly Beach and Port St Johns operations.”

Mackrory added, “With the run follow game fish and other predator species and as a result hundreds of shore and sea anglers are fishing to their hearts content up and down our coast. Then to add spice to the run further out to sea the whales are plentiful as they migrate north. This time of year is a marine spectacle not to be missed- especially when more shoals are expected.”

After a few lean Sardine Run years it appears that in 2018 the South Coast is relishing in this bumper run over school holiday time. The South Coast is again the prime theatre for The Greatest Shoal on Earth.


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