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Sardine News 26 May: yacht aground at Mdumbi, warm water, beached sardines at Haga Haga

The Sardine News 26 May 2024

Sardine News 26 May: yacht run aground at Mdumbi, warm water, beached sardines at Haga Haga

Sardine News 26 May: yacht aground at Mdumbi, warm water, sardines beaching at Haga Haga: yesterdays sardine news todayt! We were meant to upload this report yesterday, but today will have to do. Luckily in this report we have Kevin and our other secret sardine spies on hand to explain what is going on this year, with the sards.

This sardine run 2024 has been off to an early start with a good bunch of sardines finding a chute of very cold water to catch up north. Then that cold water ran out. The ocean warmed by 5 degrees. And bang! We have sardines beaching themselves. Kevin explains this very nicely in the video for us.

Mdumbi

Mdumbi area as reported by Robbie. Yacht Tipsy ran aground 2 am in the morning. The NSRI got the crew of four off safely. The boat is a wreck, unfortunately. More at https://thesardine.co.za.

There have been sardines at Mdumbi. Sardines love the place, along with Coffee Bay, a few clicks to the south. The sards bring the shad. ANd the shad are going mad. Blue shad is the buzz word being bandied about by all and sundry at the moment.

Port St Johns

We get quite a comprehensive report from the Vegan Fishing YouTube Channel. It’s become a complicated place to be fishing. The sand is still going the wrong way in the bay. Rendering many of the best spots completely unfishable.

Luckily there is a garrick or two, on bucktail, in this segment. If you want to be right on the edge of uy7our chair when you watch YouTube fishing videos, check out this Vegan Fishing Channel and hold on tight. Like and Subscribe to neva miss a single garrick!

Kevin in Qora

Backs us up with a detailed and technical analysis of what has happened to those first pilot shoals of sardines. With some cool animations, to really explain the point.

At Haga Haga and its surrounds, sardines were washing up everywhere. All the beaches were flooded with patches of beached sardines.

Why?

Well, let Kevin explain in the video…right here

Thank you to everybody who contributed to this Sardine News 26 May edition.

Affiliated YouTube Channels

https://youtube.com/@Brucifire – entertaining surf reporting

https://youtube.com/@thesardinenews – neva miss out

https://youtube.com/@mydotackletalk – highly technical sport fishing

https://youtube.com/@surflaunchingsouthernafrica – getting out there safely

https://youtube.com/@waterwoes – complain here

Affiliated websites

https://umzimkulu.co.za – self-catering right on the Umzimkulu River
https://umzimkuluadrenalin.co.za – sardine run coming up
https://thesardine.co.za – never miss a single sardine
https://masterwatermen.co.za – news from deep down
https://brucifire.co.za – surf and conditions reporting
https://fishbazaruto.com – your dreams are out there
https://mydofishinglures.co.za – technical sport fishing

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NSRI Issues Stern Warning About Weekend Sea Conditions

NSRI WARNING

NSRI Issues Stern Warning About Pending Sea Conditions

NSRI Issues Stern Warning About Pending Sea Conditions: Craig Lambinon and the NSRI have the following statement and announcement to make.

(0:01) Craig Lambinon, NSRI spokesperson, Wednesday the 22nd of May. (0:06) NSRI National Safety Alert. (0:09) NSRI in cooperation with police, maritime authorities, (0:13) disaster risk management and the emergency services (0:15) are appealing to boaters, sailors, paddlers, bathers, anglers and coastal hikers (0:21) to be aware of a South African Weather Service’s warning (0:25) alerting to rough sea conditions and big waves (0:27) along the West Coast coastline, Western Cape coastline, (0:32) South Cape coastline and potentially extending beyond (0:35) for the next few days and into the coming weekend.
(0:38) We are appealing to public and to the maritime community (0:41) to follow South African Weather Service’s weather alerts. (0:45) The South African Weather Service’s forecast rough sea conditions (0:48) may also be affected by the full moon spring tide (0:51) that peaks on Thursday the 23rd of May, (0:54) bringing the normal daily two high tides and normal daily two low tides (0:58) to be higher than normal at high tide and to be lower than normal at low tide. (1:04) Spring tide may cause stronger than normal rip currents (1:07) and areas that are not normally affected by waves at high tide (1:10) may be engulfed by waves during the spring high tide.
(1:15) Caution is advised and we appeal to public members (1:18) and to the maritime community to have safety top of mind. (1:22) Anglers should note high tide times (1:25) and stay clear from the shoreline during the two daily high tides. (1:30) Anglers should avoid crossing to islands along the coastline (1:33) during the low tide to fish (1:35) as these islands can be cut off from mainland during high tide.
(1:40) Coastal hikers should not try to cross at river miles (1:43) where currents can be particularly strong during the outgoing tide (1:46) and do not try to cross through hiking trails (1:49) that are close to the shoreline during high tide (1:52) where spring high tide can cut off shoreline hiking trails. (1:57) Boaters, sailors and paddlers should wear their life jackets (2:00) while their craft and or their vessels are underway (2:03) and to wear life jackets during rough sea conditions. (2:07) Always have safety equipment at the ready.
(2:11) For enhanced safety, download and use the NSRI’s free SafeTracks smartphone application. (2:17) We emphasize the importance of safety during these conditions. (2:21) Exercise caution and prioritize your safety and the safety of those around you.
(2:28) Let’s keep each other safe.

Affiliated YouTube Channels

https://youtube.com/@Brucifire – entertaining surf reporting

https://youtube.com/@thesardinenews – neva miss out

https://youtube.com/@mydotackletalk – highly technical sport fishing

https://youtube.com/@surflaunchingsouthernafrica – getting out there safely

https://youtube.com/@waterwoes – complain here

Affiliated websites

https://umzimkulu.co.za – self-catering right on the Umzimkulu River
https://umzimkuluadrenalin.co.za – sardine run coming up
https://thesardine.co.za – never miss a single sardine
https://masterwatermen.co.za – news from deep down
https://brucifire.co.za – surf and conditions reporting
https://fishbazaruto.com – your dreams are out there
https://mydofishinglures.co.za – technical sport fishing

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Sardine Report 23 May 2024 from Cintsa, Coffee Bay and Mdumbi

23 May 2024 Sardine Report Coffee Bay Cinsta and Mdumbi

Sardine Report 23 May 2024 from Cintsa, Coffee Bay and Mdumbi

Sardine Report 23 May 2024 from Cintsa, Coffee Bay and Mdumbi: A big thanks to all who sent in videos and information on this beautiful 23 May in 2024. The sardines are definitely well on their way up towards KZN. With some cooler water about making things easier for the sardines to keep moving.

Enjoy the picture show…

Predators

Are in full attendance. Nobody ever misses this parade once it gets going. The gannets lead the charge by spotting the sardines first and leading up the attack.

All this commotion is easily honed in on by the sonar-equipped cetaceans and fish that follow on.

Obstacles

The sardines have many obstacles to overcome on their grand tour north each year. There are the predators. And then there are what seems human predators too. Hanging around our international waters boundary. Far too close to the sardines, anchovies and red-eyes that we, and our ocean, count on.

Take a look on the AIS websites like marinetraffic.com and please see if you can work out why there are thousands of unidentified little great boats all the way to Australia like this?

Contributions

If you happen across any cool vantage point and sardines are in attendance, please snap a few pics or videos and send them along to us. So we can use all the information to cross-reference what is actually going on with the saridnes at any given moment.

Sardine Sightings Map

Is up and live at the moment. Keep checking this page at…

…and we will make sure you never miss a single sardine!

Affiliated YouTube Channels

https://youtube.com/@Brucifire – entertaining surf reporting

https://youtube.com/@thesardinenews – neva miss out

https://youtube.com/@mydotackletalk – highly technical sport fishing

https://youtube.com/@surflaunchingsouthernafrica – getting out there safely

https://youtube.com/@waterwoes – complain here

Affiliated websites

https://umzimkulu.co.za – self-catering right on the Umzimkulu River
https://umzimkuluadrenalin.co.za – sardine run coming up
https://thesardine.co.za – never miss a single sardine
https://masterwatermen.co.za – news from deep down
https://brucifire.co.za – surf and conditions reporting
https://fishbazaruto.com – your dreams are out there
https://mydofishinglures.co.za – technical sport fishing

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A Foreign Fishing Fleet Gathers Before Sardine Run 2024

Leave our Sards Alone Foreign Fishing Fleet

A Foreign Fishing Fleet Gathers Before Sardine Run 2024

A Foreign Fishing Fleet Gathers before Sardine Run 2024: it’s not all good news here at The Sardine News. An armada of foreign and unidentifiable fishing boats has been gathering just outside our internationally recognised waters. And slap bang in the middle of the sardine migratory path.

Hundreds of them.

AIS Identification

These vessels are all however still sporting their AIS transponders (the law) as they try to secret about in keen anticipation of robbing the natural resource from right out under our noses.

Some of the boats are identifiable on the AIS system. But about 95 % are labelled grey. Which means we don’t know where they come from. And it’s too far to send a boat to go and take a look. Hundreds of Nautical Miles out.

Please take a close look at the situation by following the link below. It will open in a new window. You can look about and become familiar with the extent of the problems both the sardines and we are facing.

MarineTraffic: Global Ship Tracking Intelligence | AIS Marine Traffic

The plate below is zoomed right in over the area where about half the mystery fleet are milling about. In some kind of pattern or formation. We can only hope that they are not catching all the sardines already!

Aerial Surveillance

This is the only way we will ever document the fishing as evidence and move to do something about it. If the Chinese or any other foreign fishing fleet is damaging our economy and tourism industry by robbing us of this resource, then we best do something about it. The days of being complacent and relying on the government ended in the mid-90s. The ANC has no will to achieve anything except maximise profits through Luthuli House and its business puppets.

For all we know right now, these particular powers that – be could be fully aware of this fleet gathering at the moment. And they could be sanctioning, and profiting from it. We will not know unless we find out ourselves.

We then need to lobby until we find the right person. And then help that person to do the job. This is the only way it works these days. Any assistance would be appreciated! Please send information to Sean on umzimkulu@gmail.com if you have something to contribute to the mission. There used to be sardine runs all around the UK. Ireland. Scotland. There are none there now.

My gut feel is that because it is all happening outside our internationally recognised waters, it’s open season on the poor sards. Unless we can use international law to stop the depletion of this resource. By arguing that the value of the sardines to our tourism industry, far outweighs the value that these foreign ships will get by killing the whole lot. Any potential PHDs interested? Probably not.

Dreams are free. And so are the nightmares in between…

“NEVA buy SARDS in a CAN! You are supporting the demise of your very own sardine run if you do this. Tuna too. Don’t do it. ” – Xonalanga (Editor)

Affiliated YouTube Channels

https://youtube.com/@Brucifire – entertaining surf reporting

https://youtube.com/@thesardinenews – neva miss out

https://youtube.com/@mydotackletalk – highly technical sport fishing

https://youtube.com/@surflaunchingsouthernafrica – getting out there safely

https://youtube.com/@waterwoes – complain here

Affiliated websites

https://umzimkulu.co.za – self-catering right on the Umzimkulu River
https://umzimkuluadrenalin.co.za – sardine run coming up
https://thesardine.co.za – never miss a single sardine
https://masterwatermen.co.za – news from deep down
https://brucifire.co.za – surf and conditions reporting
https://fishbazaruto.com – your dreams are out there
https://mydofishinglures.co.za – technical sport fishing

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Shoal of Sardines off Mazeppa

Which Way to Mazeppa Bay

Shoal of Sardines off Mazeppa

3km Shoal of Sardines off Mazeppa: Kevin in Qora Mouth, deep south Transkei, Wild Coast, is perfectly situated to give us the heads up we need this 2024 Sardine Run.

In this video, Kevin explains the interactions that go on between whales and sardines each year.

And then we get to chat about all the different whales we will be seeing at the Greatest Show on Earth this year and every year into the future.

Enjoy the report from just north of Mazeppa Bay, way down in the Transkei

Humpbacks

Contradictory to common belief, these guys eat a lot of sardines. They team up, surround the shoals, and force them together. Then take turns in taking mouthfuls, gorging themselves.

There are three distinct populations. B2 Humpback Whales: Dr. Oz Goffman (Head dolphin project of Haifa University -IMMRAC – The Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies/School of Marine Sciences) spends his life stalking and saving cetaceans of all kinds and in all places. But specifically these guys. The B2 population. And the C1 guys. These are the ever-entertaining humpback whale communities that visit us, and Mozambique, this time each year. (see graphic by Dr. Oz and colleagues below).

These guys even know the whales by name…

Brydes Whale

And be careful of these sardine gluttons. They have been known to take the odd diver by mistake. Luckily neoprene seems to turn them off and they regurgitate the snorkelers each time.

I am pretty sure that this is the guy that got Jonah.

Southern Right

These guys are also stated to be zoo-plankton feeders almost exclusively. But they love the sardine run too! Not nearly as common as the Humpback populations.

Minke

These little guys only get about 10m long or so. But they also love sardines! You’d be lucky to spot one or two of these rare cetaceans in amongst the more common Humpbacks.

Affiliated YouTube Channels

https://youtube.com/@Brucifire – entertaining surf reporting

https://youtube.com/@thesardinenews – neva miss out

https://youtube.com/@mydotackletalk – highly technical sport fishing

https://youtube.com/@surflaunchingsouthernafrica – getting out there safely

https://youtube.com/@waterwoes – complain here

Affiliated websites

https://umzimkulu.co.za – self-catering right on the Umzimkulu River
https://umzimkuluadrenalin.co.za – sardine run coming up
https://thesardine.co.za – never miss a single sardine
https://masterwatermen.co.za – news from deep down
https://brucifire.co.za – surf and conditions reporting
https://fishbazaruto.com – your dreams are out there
https://mydofishinglures.co.za – technical sport fishing