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January 2010 Salt Rock Kayak fishing competition 30th January. Update huge swell only 4 fish caught!
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Jan 18th-28th Good Snoek fishing Kingfish of 20.7kg caught by T McAlpine 22kg Couta D Thomas. A few Couta but not many small shoal fish
Jan 10th-17th Plenty of Snoek about a few Couta getting caught
Jan 3rd-10th 2009 Caught Dorado and a few small Couta this week. Water is now very clean and warming up nicely.
Jan 2 2009 First aid kits and safety kits in stock within the next week
Jan 2 2009 Pencil flares now back in stock
Jan 2 2009 SAKFA ( South African Kayak Fishing Association) www.sakfa.co.za numbers now being seen on a lot of Kayaks
Jan 1 2009 North East winds have slowed down the start of the season, not many fish being caught. Odd Dorado and a few Couta
December 2008 Anyone wanting a new Kayak please get your orders in as there is very little stock and a lot of back orders
December 2008 I am doing lots of fishing clinics at the Guest House which have been very popular.
December 2008 The sea has gone cold and the weather is terrible. We are using the river for paddling techniques and practicing in the surf zone.
December 2008 Lots of people book on fishing trips and coaching sessions with me. Good to see a few ladies getting into Kayak fishing
December 2008 Started off with a few early fish and the big Yellow fin Tuna are still about
December 2008 Scottburgh Kayak Fishing Club now accepting new members and issuing SAKFA numbers for Kayaks
November 2008 SAKFA numbers and safety checks being done on Fishing Kayaks
SOUTH AFRICAN ASSOCIATION FOR MARINE BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH
Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI)
Sea World at uShaka Marine World
Sea World Education Centre
Tel: +27 (31) 328 8222
1 King Shaka Avenue Durban 4001
Fax: +27(31) 328 8188
P O Box 10712 Marine Parade 4056E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
PADDLESKI FISHING RESEARCH: OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE
03 October 2008
Dear paddleski angler
We would like to thank you for participating in the Oceanographic Research Institute’s study of the KwaZulu-Natal paddleski fishery – your input into fisheries conservation is valued and appreciated. We have now collected enough information to meet the primary objective of the study, and accordingly we will be terminating both the on-line socio-economic questionnaire and the catch survey websites.
We are happy to announce that the study was a success and a report, including management recommendations, has already been submitted to the Directorate: Marine and Coastal Management of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Indications are that the report was well-received by Government.
A second attachment to this email includes a brief report summarizing some of the results of the study. We are also hoping to produce a scientific paper on this project for publication in a suitable journal.
Thanking you once again for assisting ORI in its research efforts.
Wising you a safe and successful time on the water!
Pierre Pradervand and Bruce Mann
ORI Scientist ORI Senior Scientist
ASSESSMENT OF THE KWAZULU-NATAL PADDLECRAFT FISHERY
PROJECT LEADERS B.Q. MANN & R.P. VAN DER ELST
PROJECT PARTICIPANTS P. PRADERVAND
SOURCE OF FUNDS SAAMBR, MCM/NRF Provincial Fund
PROJECT STATUS Completed
1 JANUARY TO 31 DECEMBER 2007
RATIONALE / OVERALL GOAL
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the KZN paddlecraft fishery (known locally as fishing skis) is currently expanding in terms of number of participants and areas fished. The traditional paddlecraft fishery was restricted to the sheltered inshore waters off the Durban beachfront (launching in the lee of Vetch’s Pier), but recent improvements in the design and abilities of these craft have led to an increase in the popularity and distribution of this form of fishing. A number of factors render the paddlecraft fishery of particular interest/concern to managers:
For these reasons the general aim of this study was to provide a baseline assessment of the KZN paddlecraft fishery with a view to ensuring that it develops into a coastal asset, rather than a problem for coastal managers and a further threat to already compromised linefish resources.
The objective of this study was to provide an overall description and baseline assessment of the extent and relative social, economic and environmental impacts of the paddlecraft fishery in KZN.
1. What is the current participation in, and extent of, the paddle-craft fishery in KZN? (temporal & spatial)
2. What is the CPUE and catch composition for this fishery? (temporal & spatial)
3. What is the total catch for this fishery?
4. What is the social and economic value of this fishery?
· Total annual effort in the KZN paddlecraft fishery was calculated to be approximately 14 280 outings per annum and made up of a minimum of 649 fishers.
· The area from Westbrook to Amanzimtoti had the highest paddleski fishing effort along the KZN coast.
· December to June had the highest overall monthly effort indices.
· The average CPUE for the KZN paddlecraft fishery according to EKZNW boat inspections conducted during the period 2005–2007 was 1.1 fish/outing.
· A total of 46 species was recorded in paddlecraft fisher’s catches. The majority (91%) were comprised of game and baitfish species (from 28 species), with 18 (9%) bottomfish species making up the remainder of the catch. The most commonly caught species by number included king mackerel (34%), chub mackerel (20%) and shad (9%).
· The total annual catch of the KZN paddlecraft fishery was estimated to be approximately 15708 fish.
· Total current investment in the paddlecraft fishery was estimated at R5.5 million, with a total annual operating expenditure of at least R2.9 million.
· Although regarded as an affordable, productive and easy-to-operate form of marine boat-based fishing in South Africa, fitness was the singular most important motivation for entry into the fishery (26% of respondents).
· New participants to the KZN paddlecraft fishery originate primarily from the other marine linefishing sectors (96% of respondents); often at the expense of participation in the former sector.
CONCLUSIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS & FUTURE ACTIVITIES
· Given the high rate of previous participation in the other linefishing sectors by respondents to this study, as well as the respondents’ subsequent reduced participation in these sectors, the paddlecraft fishery cannot be regarded as having increased overall linefishing effort in KZN.
· It was apparent from the results that the KZN paddlecraft fishery has a substantially smaller ecological footprint (in terms of harvest size and composition of harvest) compared to other KZN linefishing sectors.
· Unrestricted launching and beaching of paddlecraft along the KZN coast is a primary motivator for participation in the fishery. The launching of paddlecraft should therefore not be restricted to licensed boat launch sites for resource management purposes without scientifically-sound motivation.
· The KZN paddlecraft fishery is in need of formal representation to ensure its interests are presented at the various management-planning fora.
This study has successfully provided a pioneering baseline assessment of the KZN paddlecraft fishery, and in doing so achieved its primary objective. The results of the study will be submitted for publication in a suitable scientific journal.
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