This article – Sardine Run vor Südafrika nachhaltig erleben – featured in Germany’s largest Dive Publication, TAUCHEN during July 2019:
Roughly translated into English:
The Sardine Run off South Africa is an experience for snorkelers and divers. The South African Sardine Run Charter Owners ’Association” SASRCOA “has created a seal of quality so that tourists experience the spectacle responsibly and sustainably.
A lot has changed during the South African Sardine Run in recent years. Frenzy, not just a handful of organizers, but an entire armada of boats now sails out to sea during the season from February to July to experience the greatest marine migration in the southern hemisphere! The customer is spoiled for whale, he is alone with all his questions: who has permits, who has experience, who has the expertise to enable his customers to do what they dream of. Here the association helps with its members and can make booking easier for the customer!
WHAT IS SARDINE RUN?
The Sardine Run along the east coast of South Africa is one of the largest and last marine adventures in the southern hemisphere. Comparable to wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. During the annual Sardine Run, thousands of fish, mostly sardines, swim north in a counter current along the east coast of South Africa. Starting from the Agulhas Banks past Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) up to Durban (Kwazulu Natal), huge schools of fish swim in this counter current to spawn in the warm Agulhas Stream. The Agulhas Current is a sea current in the southwestern Indian Ocean. It flows south along the east coast of Africa, carrying enormous amounts of heat and salt south. With this current the spawning of the sardines is transported back to the west coast and enables the sardines to hatch and grow in a very rich water in the Agulhas Banks located in Cape Town. Once grown up, the sardines then head back north in January the following year. Here the adventure of hunters and hunted begins again. Predators such as sharks, dolphins, whales, seabirds and penguins all want only one thing – to eat!
This sea spectacle annually attracts hundreds of tourists who are interested in snorkeling and diving as well as photography and film. You are now an integral part of this annual migration! This is a million euro tourist source of income for South Africa. Visited internationally, planes, hotels, guest houses, car rental stations, restaurants, souvenir shops, dive shops and dive boats are filled over an area of almost 1000 kilometers along the coast! The South African Sardine Run Charter Owners ’Association SASRCOA has set itself the task of putting a seal of quality and to answer questions and answers to booking tourists and tour operators and to present on its website members who comply with the statutory requirements and comply with recommended rules of conduct.
Environmentally friendly and in harmony with nature, always with the idea of sustainability, responsible in dealing with nature and tourism, compliant with the local laws of South Africa, that is what makes the association. This is how a Code of Conduct (Code of Conduct) emerged that is unparalleled, resulting from decades of experience and expertise of the founding members. Based on the applicable laws and in cooperation with the authority DEAT (Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism), behaviors were defined which are trend-setting for the Sardine Run. For example, how to behave in and over water with marine mammals and how to approach whales and dolphins, and much more. In addition to local diving operators, hotels and travel companies and tour operators, international organizers are also invited to become a member, because only if this association is large enough is it possible to exert influence and maintain the sardine run as it has been lived up to now. Gaining a say and hearing from decision-makers is an important goal here.
Internal training courses on security and sustainability are planned for the future. New organizers can benefit from the knowledge of the established organizers, e.g. how to approach whales and dolphins according to legal requirements. Topics such as accident prevention, distress rescue and the correct initiation of the rescue chain as well as first aid are on the agenda.
All details can be found on the homepage: www.sasrcoa.co.za