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    Seems fishing of pilchards have been suspended till 2020.

    https://www.namibian.com.na/62546/re...hing-suspended


    Wonder what effect it is going to have on the coastal fishing?

    Basically, pilchard is the go to bait used here.

    Alternatives?

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    Have seen this. No idea!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    Have seen this. No idea!!!
    Is die spesie regtig so bedreig? Ek het dan nog Maart Maand die jaar gesien dat die goed tydens springety uitspoel?

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    Geen idee nie. Onthou basies net die afval pilchards word vir aas gebruik. Menslike verbruik is baie hoog
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    Geen idee nie. Onthou basies net die afval pilchards word vir aas gebruik. Menslike verbruik is baie hoog
    'n Goedkoop bron van proteien m$#rtoe. Die armer mense word meeste geraak. Wat is volgende?

    Ek wonder hoeveel van die vangste uit die see word vir katkos aangewend, ek verstaan dit is baie hoog, veral tuna.

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    Pilchard bait has been supplied mainly from South African sources (I'll double check my facts) for a few years now, since the quotas have been so poor. Now, probably entirely SA supplied and at a cost too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendanR View Post
    Pilchard bait has been supplied mainly from South African sources (I'll double check my facts) for a few years now, since the quotas have been so poor. Now, probably entirely SA supplied and at a cost too.
    Yes. This is also correct
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    Default Re: Pilchard Fishing suspended

    Also interesting that the article says climate change is to blame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendanR View Post
    Also interesting that the article says climate change is to blame.
    But not over fishing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stoffel View Post
    But not over fishing?
    Actually the combination of both perhaps?
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    Default Re: Pilchard Fishing suspended

    A bit of retro bait-making? Before 12v or gas freezers at campsites, everyone would catch baitfish or harvest redbait or mussels before the session targeting bigger fish.

    There is still shop-bought octopus and squid, and perhaps South African pilchards.

    Fresh baitfish still trumps pap sardines any day.

    Hope the stocks recover.
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    Default Re: Pilchard Fishing suspended

    Don't be surprised if SA also cut quotas/ stop fishing. I might be wrong but it's been rough here on the west coast as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stoffel View Post
    'n Goedkoop bron van proteien m$#rtoe. Die armer mense word meeste geraak. Wat is volgende?

    Ek wonder hoeveel van die vangste uit die see word vir katkos aangewend, ek verstaan dit is baie hoog, veral tuna.
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    Baie interessant en hoogtyd! Kom ons sê net die van julle wat Walvisbaai in die ou dae geken het, sal weet dat die pilchards so volop was dat die vissersbote skaars die hawe se grense kon haal en hulle dan al vol gevang was. Die SA maatskappye het ingeklim en die bron gas gegee. Ons praat al jare daaroor dat die vissersbote deesdae 80,90km moet vaar voordat hulle enige teken van pilchards sien. Ja, die mens se gierigheid het die bron amper uitgeroei. Dis nou tyd om dit te stop om die bron kans te gee om te herstel en dit sal herstel AS die Nam regering 'n plan kan maak met die fabrieksbote vanuit SA en die res van die wêreld sal wil kom oes by die groter getalle pilchards. Die wette mag dalk daar wees, maar waarmee wil hulle dit toepas?

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    Default Re: Pilchard Fishing suspended

    It's been coming, although earlier this year, the authorities chose to ignore the warnings from the scientists: here's a column I wrote for Die Burger in April this year:

    Man Friday April 25, 2017 Namibia fish
    Tony Weaver
    One of the most extraordinary places I have been to was a tiny island, measuring just 6.5 hectares called Ichaboe, about 1.5km off the Namib Desert’s Sperrgebiet, 48km north of Lüderitz. Just getting there and back was a mission.
    I went there in 1989 as part of a television crew making a documentary film on the island’s extraordinary birdlife for Worldwide Television News. We sailed from Lüderitz in perfect weather and calm seas after hitching a lift on a diamond diving boat – it’s that relaxed up there.
    Disembarking was a bit tricky, as there is no harbour – you just pull up alongside and wait for the swell to lift you level with the dock, and jump. We had tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of television equipment with us, so we had some nervous moments.
    The first thing that hit us was the smell: the island stank of ammonia. It cut through any nasal or sinus blockages and instantly cleared our heads. The second was the cacophony of thousands upon thousands of seabirds.
    The ammonia was the smell of guano – a Captain B Morrell landed on the island in 1828 and reported back that the guano lay up to eight metres deep. Scraping of the “white gold” began and by 1845, there would be up to 450 boats anchored off Ichaboe with as many as 6 000 guano scrapers at work.
    The removal of the guano began the process of driving Namibia’s seabirds to endangered levels. African Penguins, in particular, suffered because they burrowed their nests out of guano.
    We had been filming for four or five days when word came over the radio to the headman of the island that a huge storm was moving in, and a trawler running for Lüderitz had been asked by the port captain to pick us up. By the time he got there, the swell was already picking up fast and getting on board was hazardous.
    As we sailed out into the open sea we ran into gale force winds and mountainous seas, the biggest I have ever been in, and the little trawler battled over the massive peaks, its diesel engines straining. The Portuguese captain and I stood on the bridge chain smoking while the rest of the TV crew puked their guts out in the rear.
    Now Ichaboe’s birds, like those on the other offshore islands, and those in South Africa, are in steep decline. And it is going to get worse.
    In 1994, there were 10 000 penguins on the island. By 2000, only 6 500 were counted. In 1980, there were 45 805 Cape Cormorant nests: by 1999, only 18 112 active nests were counted, a local decline of 60%. The breeding colony of Cape Gannets (Wit Malgas) is one of only six in the world, and was once the biggest. An aerial count done in 1956 put the number of gannets at 144 000. By 2000, this had plummeted to just 16 450 breeding pairs.
    Clearly, the situation is critical – and now it is likely to get even worse because Namibia’s Fisheries Minister, Bernhard Esau, has ignored advice from his scientific advisory panel to ban fishing for pilchards for five years because the stocks are in a state of collapse. Instead he said he is going to “gamble” and set a total allowable catch of 14 000 tonnes for this season. Pilchards are the main food source for both penguins and gannets.
    This means the food stocks available to the birds of Ichaboe are likely to come close to drying up, which will seriously endanger their future, especially the future of the penguins who, unlike the gannets, do not have the luxury of flight to hunt from the sky.
    And it will place increased pressure on our own, South African breeding stocks of penguin and gannets, which are already vulnerable and endangered. Take your kids and grandkids to see them now.
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