LOOK: The sardines have arrived in KZN

The first shoal of sardines have been netted by Jace Govender. Picture: Supplied

The first shoal of sardines have been netted by Jace Govender. Picture: Supplied

Published Jun 9, 2024


THE greatest shoal on earth has arrived at Margate’s main beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast earlier this morning.

An aerial view of the first netting. Picture: Supplied.

The annual sardine run has been eagerly anticipated by netters, fisherfolk and families, who head to the beach to catch the silvery fish in buckets or packets.

Seine netter, Jace Govender, netted the first catch for the year.

He said there were large shoals of sardines along the coastline in Margate.

The first netting was pulled out, this morning. Picture: Supplied.

“There are also fish and sharks. The sardines are on the shorebreak. There is a lot of activity,” he said.

Govender said the "mesmerising spectacle" attracted tourists, marine enthusiasts, and scientists alike, all eager to witness the "majesty of this underwater phenomenon".

“Between June and July, billions of sardines migrate northwards along the coast, creating a shimmering ribbon of silver and blue that stretches as far as the eye can see.

“This massive shoal is accompanied by an array of marine life, including dolphins, whales and seabirds, all feasting on the abundant sardine supply,” Govender added.

Apart from being a marine phenomenon, the arrival of the sardines is also significant to the history of seine netters and fisherfolk. They rely on the sardine run and catch other fish, which travel with the sardines, to earn an income.

Sardine lovers can look out for small-scale fishermen or sardine sellers at various spots in different communities to get their hands on the first catch of the year.