'Climate Threat to Sardine Run'

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'Climate Threat to Sardine Run'


KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala said climate change was having an effect on the province's sardine run, which now took place 1.3 days later than when it was first scientifically observed in 1946.

Zikalala, addressing the two-day provincial Climate Change and Sustainable Development summit in Durban yesterday, said the relaunch of the Provincial Council on Climate Change and Sustainable Development was one of the aims of the summit.

"We also need to reconstitute the Provincial Disaster Management Advisory Forum, encouraging stakeholders to participate in line with section 37 of Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002," he said.

"We must consider the full and possible cost of climate change on social, environmental and economic aspects of all development, including local government."

Zikalala said the sardine run offthe province's coastline had takenplace for thousands of years without fail.

"That was before the arrival of human beings. That was before the onset of uncontrolled development, the race to the moon and the plundering of the Earth's resources. The sardine run was first reported in small print in The Mercury in 1853."

Sardines preferred to migrate when the sea temperature was below 21[degrees]C. Worryingly, in 2003, for the third time in 23 years, the sardine run did not take place. …

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