South African Fish & Angling Research - Fish The Sea SA
Fish The Sea - Angling, Marine & Fish Research In The Eastern Cape
Fishing and conservation go hand in hand in South Africa and it is important to realise what exactly is going on in terms of of these two factors.
First off let me start off by stating that I am not a marine biologist, nor do I have any marine qualifications, these are just all my findings, opinions and personal research that I have conducted and that I have recorded. Fish The Sea has started a research project that covers about 60 kilometers of Eastern Cape coast line, from the Bushman's River Mouth to the Fish River Mouth. This will be our focus for a long period of time starting officially in 2012. This area is one of the most pristine and beautiful parts of South Africa and I want to try and play a role in preserving and researching as much as I possibly can and hopefully reach out to all anglers and others interested in this sort of thing. The areas will be split up into 3 surf zones and 3 river zones where we will be researching. Please read more here...
I hope this can help you realise what the state of angling in South Africa is looking like and what can be expected in the future. The most important thing to note is that sticking to the rules and regulations, bag limits, bait limits and purchasing your annual fishing license must be done and adhered to. By doing this you are helping preserve this great sport of angling.
The name of this research project is '60 Kilometers Of The Eastern Cape Coast'. Get the book now!
More About The Fishing Research
I have basically grown up along this coast line of the Eastern Cape, in Kenton on sea, and have a great love for the area. It has saddened me to see people kill almost everything they catch in these areas and I would like to raise awareness on how this is affecting the whole area. I will be doing this by tagging and releasing as many species as I can; catching, measuring and photographing as many species of fish as I can; and by hopefully re-catching tagged fish in the years to come. This will initially be my main focus:
- Some fish species that I have recorded in the area I will be researching, as a lot of current information contradicts what I have found.
- Tagging fish.
- New species distributions.
- Fish sizes and growth.
- Habitat and depth selection and depth occurrence.
- Will be recording general weather, bait and food items, biometric pressure, water temperatures and sea conditions.
- Photographing and measuring all species.
- Juvenile colouration and patterns.
- New sub-species of fish I am confident I can find.
- Finding out how fishing has impacted these areas.
- Targeting very rare fish, that could possibly occur in the area.
All of my findings will be published after every trip or new bit of evidence and will be available for purchase in PDF format. Information and findings and all other aspects of the research can be found on the pages below:
- The area where the research is taking place and more introductory information
- Specific Areas that will be researched and used on maps
- The road so far (Up until 2012)
- Place names & areas of study