Sardine Fever

07 September, 2023

It’s one of the planet’s largest biomass aggregations…an annual migration of sardines up the coast of South Africa. Millions, if not billions, of small fish migrate up the east coast pursued by sharks, whales and dolphins. And at the very end of this chase – humans. 

For over 150 years teams of beach-seine netters have eagerly awaited the final leg of the Sardine Run, this is an inside look at a unique fishery from the eyes of the netters.

Reportage: Jason Boswell
Photos: Legends of the Tide: The Seine-netters & The Roots of the Durban Fishing Industry by Neelan Govender and Viroshen Chetty

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