A red roman caught in Smitswinkel Bay, just outside the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area. These fish show a strong recovery in no-take marine protected areas.
A hottentot seabream speared in Smitswinkel Bay. Spearfishing and hook-and-line fishing are largely responsible for the decline in the resident reef fishes of False Bay.
A hottentot is caught by a recreational fisherman in False Bay. In addition to the 780-strong fleet of hungry commercial line-fishing vessels, South Africa hosts a legion of recreational fishers.
Jonathan Lewis (right) was among many dozens of people who gathered to catch reef fishes off Kalk Bay harbour’s jetty. By the latest estimate, South African recreational fishermen numbered 900,000.
Back at our anchoring point, the south-easterly wind has picked up slightly. I cringe at the bone-chilling crack as another snoek loses its neck and look up to see a red rubber duck roaring towards us. Our skipper Jacob Andrews is edgy. The boat approaches and he hands over some papers. Uniformed men read through the document carefully before eventually moving on to question another skipper.
In the effort to protect our oceans, the Save Our Seas Foundation funds and supports research, education and conservation projects worldwide focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats. From a small, non-profit organisation funding just five projects, in less than 10 years, the SOSF has grown to become a major player in the fight to save the world’s oceans and the wealth of marine life they contain. While SOSF itself is not a research institute, its generous contributions of financial, practical and scientific support have, to date, facilitated more than 160 marine research and conservation projects around the world.