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Is the Sardine Run an Endangered Species?

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The Sardine Run was first noted in 1853, but it took 150 years for it to become famous internationally. About that time, in 2003, Dr. Allan Connell warned that South Africa was in danger of losing the Run altogether because of overfishing.

This warning has been echoed by other experts, most recently by Mark Addison, who helped to pioneer the tourist industry that has grown up around the Run. At a talk he gave this past April, Addison called sardines "the butter of the sea" and noted that if we lose the sardines, many species that depend on sardines will also be impacted....


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