Category: fishing

Microplastics in offshore fish – by Stiaan Immelman
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Microplastics in offshore fish – by Stiaan Immelman

The extent and type of microplastic (MP) contamination in South African open ocean marine resources is unknown. This study aims to report on MP ingestion in seven commercially targeted fish species from the Agulhas Bank, south of South Africa. MPs were found in all seven species sampled (N = 105) (Trachurus capensis, Merluccius capensis, Merluccius...

Detailed Plan to Replenish Marine Life by 2050
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Detailed Plan to Replenish Marine Life by 2050

If you’re not familiar with UN Sustainable Development Goal number 14, its aim is to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development” – and scientists just put together a 30-year plan to achieve that. Despite rapid warming, increasing acidification, plastic pollution, growing dead zones and other environmental concerns that humankind is responsible for, these scientists think...

Interesting ways to combat coral bleaching
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Interesting ways to combat coral bleaching

Artificial fog and breeding coral: study picks best Great Barrier Reef rescue ideas Australian government to back 43 concepts in ambitious $150m research and development program  Great Barrier Reef feasibility study has reduced about 160 potential ideas to a list of 43 that will be funded for further investigation. Photograph: James Cook University/AFP via Getty...

Is it too late for The Great Barrier Reef?
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Is it too late for The Great Barrier Reef?

 Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Sea temperatures over the reef were the highest on record this February. There are fears the world’s tropical coral reefs may have reached a tipping point of bleaching nearly every year. Photograph: Nature Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo Rising ocean temperatures could have pushed the world’s tropical...

Where have all the great whites gone?
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Where have all the great whites gone?

The waters surrounding Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa are eerily calm. All you can hear are waves lapping up against your boat, and you can feel a tension in the air as everyone waits for a moment made famous by Shark Week. Suddenly, there is commotion on one side of the boat as...

Recreational Angling
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Recreational Angling

Whether marine or estuarine, angling is a popular pastime enjoyed by more than a million people across South Africa. While the number of recreational fishers has increased substantially over the past century, catch rates have steadily decreased.