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Recreational fishing in two large South African ports

Everett, B.I., Pradervand, P., Beckley, L.E., Mann, B.Q. and Radebe, P.V. (2002) Recreational fishing in two large South African ports. In: Southern African Marine Science Symposium SAMSS 2002 Currents Coasts Communities, 1 - 5 July, Swakopmund, Namibia.


The recreational shore-based linefisheries in the Durban and Richards Bay harbours were surveyed using roving creel and access-point surveys from January to December 2000 and June 2001 to May 2002, respectively. Anglers were checked for catch and effort information and interviewed using a detailed socio-economic questionnaire. Durban harbour is utilised predominantly by Indian males (mean age 31 years) while Richards Bay harbour is dominated by white males (mean age 40 years). Retained catches between the estuaries are fairly similar and out of the top four species retained, three are the same. Mugil cephalis dominates in Durban, while Pomadasys commersonnii tops the list in Richards Bay. The CPUE for retained catch was 0.07 fish.angler super(-1).hr super(-1) and 0.06 fish angler super(-1)hr super(-1) for Durban and Richards Bay, respectively. A large proportion of the catch in both systems is, however, not retained as the fish are too small. Permit compliance exceptionally high in Richards Bay (96%) compared to Durban (86%). Anglers in both estuaries feel that the national linefish regulations arc effective in managing fish stocks, however knowledge of the specific regulations for size and bag limits was poor in both systems. Durban harbour anglers invest almost five times as much as Richards Bay anglers on fishing tackle and bait

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