Overview of the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run

  • CD van der Lingen
  • JC Coetzee
  • L Hutchings

Abstract

This paper provides an introduction to, and overview of, the natural phenomenon known as the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run. Previous literature on this topic and hypotheses about the reasons why, and the mechanisms how, the run occurs are briefly synthesised and described. Papers contributing to this suite that detail more recent work on a variety of aspects of the sardine run, ranging from physical oceanography through sardine biology and ecology to socio-economic and ecological consequences, are outlined. Such studies will lead to improved understanding of the factors that regulate the timing and intensity of the run, which may permit predictions of whether it will occur, when fish will arrive on the KZN beaches, and how long it will persist. Such predictions would have substantial benefits for this ecologically and economically important event.

Keywords: KwaZulu-Natal, sardine run, Sardinops sagax, South Africa

African Journal of Marine Science 2010, 32(2): 271–277

Author Biographies

CD van der Lingen
Branch Fisheries, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Private Bag X2, Rogge Bay 8012, South Africa;  Marine Research Institute, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, Cape Town 7701, South Africa
JC Coetzee
Branch Fisheries, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Private Bag X2, Rogge Bay 8012, South Africa
L Hutchings
Marine Research Institute, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, Cape Town 7701, South Africa; Oceans and Coasts, Department of Environmental Affairs, Private Bag X2, Rogge Bay 8012, South Africa
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