The beach-seine fishery off Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
completed 270 hauls on 146 days of operation. In total, 119 species of fish as well as squid, cuttlefish and
crabs were recorded in the catches. Most of these were small shoaling species belonging to the families Leiognathidae,
Engraulidae and Clupeidae. Many species were caught at sizes below their reported size at first maturity.
Based on this study and data from the National Marine Linefish System, there appears to be little overlap in
the catches of the beach-seine netters and other fishery sectors in the area.
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