Spearfishing Statistics for the Year 1998

Summary of Spearfishing Statistics for 1998

A total of 837 spearfishing returns was received for 1997.
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Table 1. Average and maximum weights of selected species (kg) recorded during 1997. ( Kosi Bay to Port Edward )
  Avg. Max.   Avg. Max.   Avg. Max.
Queenfish 5 10 King Mackerel 7.1 29.7 Garrick 6.8 13
Bronze Bream 2.1 4 Queen Mackerel 4.4 9 Baardman 2.7 6.5
Yellowbelly 3.2 5.8 Spadefish 3.2 5 Spotted Grunter 4.6 8
Kaakap 5.3 11 White Musselcracker 6.7 16.9 Natal Fingerfin 2 5

SOUTHERN KWAZULU-NATAL COAST - Amanzimtoti to Port Edward

A total of 89 catch cards was received from southern KZN during 1997. The most commonly speared fish were: garrick (23.2%), knifejaw (12.5%), bronze bream (11.1%), queen mackerel (8.9%) rockcod (7.4%), fingerfin (5.2%), other (31.7%). Bottom fish constituted 59% of the catch by number. A catch rate of 2.64kg/spearo/hr was recorded during 1997, the second highest of all the sections along the KZN coast.
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CENTRAL KWAZULU NATAL COAST - Umdloti to Amanzimtoti

A total of 186 catch cards was received from the Central KZN coastline during 1997. The most commonly speared fish were:
Queen mackerel (17.6%), Bronze Bream (13.9%), Rockcods (5.7%), Grunter (5.0%), Kingfish (5.0%), Garrick (4.6%), White Musselcracker (4.4%), Knifejaws (4.2%), Chubs (3.8%), Baardman (3.6%), Stumpnose (2.9%). Bottom fish made up 67.9% of the catch by number. The catch rate of 3.92 kg/spearo/hr recorded for this area was the highest of all the sections along the KZN coastline during 1997.
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NORTHERN KWAZULU NATAL COAST - Tugela river to Umdloti

A total of 218 catch cards was received from the Northern KZN coast during 1997. The most commonly speared fish were:
Queen mackerel (17.6%), Knifejaws (10.8%), Bronze Bream (10.6%), King mackerel (9.8%), Garrick (7.9%), Rockcods (7.9%), Baardman (7.3%). Bottom fish made up 59.6% of the total number of fish speared. A catch rate of 1.59kg/spearo/hr was recorded during 1997.
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ZULULAND - Kosi Bay to Tugela river

A total of 344 catch cards was received from Zululand during 1997. Due to the restriction on the spearing of reef fish in the Maputaland and St Lucia Marine Reserves, the catch was dominated by gamefish (98.4%). The most commonly speared fish were: King Mackerel (41.8%), Queen mackerel (25.7%), Kingfish (15.3%), Queenfish (5.4%), Kaakap (4.2%). A catch rate of 1.5kg/spearo/hr was recorded during 1997.
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The Oceanographic Research Institute thanks the spearos and the spearfishing clubs, particularly the Wahoo Diving Club, who have supported this programme over the years, and we encourage your continued support. This brochure was produced as a service to spearos by the Oceanographic Research Institute, P.O. Box 10712, Marine Parade, Durban, 4056.

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