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Sardine Run Research Publications & Projects

The cause, dynamics and ecology of the sardine run has fascinated South Africa’s scientists for decades. Here, we have compiled a database of the peer reviewed research articles conducted on the sardine run and surrounding ecology. Were possible, we have included full pdf’s of the scientific articles, however in some cases if you want to read more than the abstract, you may need to contact the authors directly or purchase access online. Enjoy, learn and become fascinated by the greatest shoal on earth!

Winter diet shift of long-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus capensis) feeding in the sardine run off KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Winter diet shift of long-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus capensis) feeding in the sardine run off KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

S. T. Ambrose, P. W. Froneman, M. J. Smale, G. Cliff, S. Plön (2013) Winter diet shift of long-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus capensis) feeding in the sardine run off KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Marine Biology, Volume 160, Issue 7, pp 1543-1561 Abstract Unpredictable inter-annual variations in the timing, spatial extent and intensity of the sardine run (Sardinops sagax) have been documented in recent years along the coastline of KwaZulu-Natal, […]

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Travel motivations of tourists to selected marine destinations

Travel motivations of tourists to selected marine destinations

Petrus Van der Merwe, Elmarie Slabbert & Melville Saayman (2011) Travel motivations of tourists to selected marine destinations.  Int. J. Tourism Res. 13, 457–467 (2011) Abstract South Africa is well known for its favourable climate, wildlife and golden beaches. Adding to this, its long summers make its coastline (over 3500 km) even more attractive to […]

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Ecosystem considerations of the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run

Ecosystem considerations of the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run

L Hutchings, T Morris, C D van der Lingen, S J Lamberth,A D Connell, S Taljaard & L van Niekerk (2010) Ecosystem considerations of the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run. African Journal of Marine Science, volume 32, Issue 2 Abstract The annual winter sardine run along the South African east coast impacts the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) coastal system in a variety of […]

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Abundance and distribution of avian and marine mammal predators of sardine observed during the 2005 KwaZulu-Natal sardine run survey

Abundance and distribution of avian and marine mammal predators of sardine observed during the 2005 KwaZulu-Natal sardine run survey

S H O’Donoghue, P A Whittington, B M Dyer & V M Peddemors (2010) Abundance and distribution of avian and marine mammal predators of sardine observed during the 2005 KwaZulu-Natal sardine run survey. African Journal of Marine Science. Volume 32, Issue 2, 2010 Abstract Opportunistic observations to determine the relative abundance and distribution of marine mammal and seabird predators of […]

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Broad-scale distribution patterns of sardine and their predators in relation to remotely sensed environmental conditions during the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run

Broad-scale distribution patterns of sardine and their predators in relation to remotely sensed environmental conditions during the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run

S H O’Donoghue, L Drapeau & V M Peddemors (2010) Broad-scale distribution patterns of sardine and their predators in relation to remotely sensed environmental conditions during the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run. African Journal of Marine Science Volume 32, Issue 2 Abstract The annual movement of South African sardine Sardinops sagax up the east coast of South Africa, known as the […]

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Overview of the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run

Overview of the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run

C D van der Lingen, J C Coetzee & L Hutchings (2010) Overview of the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run. African Journal of Marine Science, Volume 32, Issue 2 Abstract This paper provides an introduction to, and overview of, the natural phenomenon known as the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run. Previous literature on this topic and hypotheses about the reasons why, and […]

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Influence of the annual sardine run on catches of large sharks in the protective gillnets off KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and the occurrence of sardine in shark diet

Influence of the annual sardine run on catches of large sharks in the protective gillnets off KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and the occurrence of sardine in shark diet

SFJ Dudley, G Cliff (2010) Influence of the annual sardine run on catches of large sharks in the protective gillnets off KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and the occurrence of sardine in shark diet. African Journal of Marine Science, 32(2): 383–397 Abstract. Shark catches in the protective nets set off the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa, are […]

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The condition conundrum: application of multiple condition indices to the dusky shark Carcharhinus obscurus

The condition conundrum: application of multiple condition indices to the dusky shark Carcharhinus obscurus

Nigel E. Hussey, David T. Cocks, Sheldon F. J. Dudley, Ian D. McCarthy, Sabine P. Wintner (2009)  The condition conundrum: application of multiple condition indices to the dusky shark Carcharhinus obscurus. MEPS 380:199-212 ABSTRACT Measuring fish condition has become a standard practice in the management of fishes, both at the individual and population level. The comparative […]

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The role of ichthyoplankton surveys in recruitment research and management of South African anchovy and sardine

The role of ichthyoplankton surveys in recruitment research and management of South African anchovy and sardine

C.D. van der Lingen and J.A. Huggett (2003) The role of ichthyoplankton surveys in recruitment research and management of South African anchovy and sardine. The Big Fish Bang. Proceedings of the 26th Annual Larval Fish Conference. Abstract Anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus and sardine Sardinops sagax are ecologically and economically important components of the southern Benguela upwelling ecosystem […]

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Occurrence and population structure of pilchard Sardinops ocellatus, round herring Etrumeus whiteheadi and anchovy Engraulis capensis off the east coast of southern Africa

Occurrence and population structure of pilchard Sardinops ocellatus, round herring Etrumeus whiteheadi and anchovy Engraulis capensis off the east coast of southern Africa

M. J. Armstrong , P. Chapman , S. F. J. Dudley , I. Hampton & P. E. Malan (1991) Occurrence and population structure of pilchard Sardinops ocellatus, round herring Etrumeus whiteheadi and anchovy Engraulis capensis off the east coast of southern Africa. South African Journal of Marine Science. Volume 11, 1991 – Issue 1 Abstract The distribution, abundance and […]

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Seasonal distribution and density of common dolphins Delphinus delphis off the south-east coast of southern Africa

Seasonal distribution and density of common dolphins Delphinus delphis off the south-east coast of southern Africa

V. G. Cockcroft & V. M. Peddemors (1990) Seasonal distribution and density of common dolphins Delphinus delphis off the south-east coast of southern Africa. South African Journal of Marine Science, Volume 9, Issue 1 Abstract The seasonal abundance and distribution of common dolphins on the south-east coast of southern Africa, between Port Elizabeth and Richards Bay, was […]

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Organochlorines in common dolphins caught in shark nets during the Natal ‘sardine run’

Organochlorines in common dolphins caught in shark nets during the Natal ‘sardine run’

V.G. Cockcroft*, A.C. De Kock, G.J.B. Ross & D.A. Lord  (1990) Organochlorines in common dolphins caught in shark nets during the Natal ‘sardine run’ South African Journal of Zoology Volume 25, Issue 2, Abstract The concentrations of organochlorines were determined in blubber and liver samples from common dolphins inhabiting the coastal waters of the south-east coast of southern Africa. Liver […]

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Pilchard distribution in South African waters, 1983–1985

Pilchard distribution in South African waters, 1983–1985

M. J. Armstrong , A. Berruti & J. Colclough (1987) Pilchard distribution in South African waters, 1983–1985, South African Journal of Marine Science, 5:1, 871-886, Abstract Seasonal movements of South African pilchard Sardinops ocellatus in the relatively abundant 1982/83 year-class are inferred by means of length frequency information from predator diet analyses and from commercial […]

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