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Title: Socio-economic implications of the KwaZulu-Natal sardine run for local indigenous communities
Authors: Myeza, Joyce 
Mason, Roger Bruce 
Peddemors, V. 
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: NISC Ltd.
This paper reports on the findings from a study of the economic and social effects of the annual sardine run on the indigenous community on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Data were gathered using questionnaires and personal interviews with 329 members of the community, and their knowledge, perceptions and attitudes about the sardine run, as well as their level of involvement in, and the financial benefits accrued from it, were assessed. Although around two-thirds of those interviewed were aware of the sardine run and just over half participated in it, only some 17% benefited financially from it. However, despite this low level of participation, the financial benefit to the community could amount to R17-18 million, and as much as R34- 54 million if a multiplier effect of 2-3 is applied. There was a high level (over 70%) of willingness to learn more about the event, and to become more involved in training exercises that would allow local people to take advantage of opportunities arising from the sardine run. It is recommended that management strategies and development plans should be implemented towards assisting the indigenous communities to become more involved in the sardine run.
Originally published in: African Journal of Marine Science, Vol.32, No. 2, 2010.
DOI: 10.2989/1814232X.2010.506991
Rights: This is the accepted, peer‐reviewed manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in African Journal of Marine Science 2010, 32(2): 399‐404 © 2010 copyright NISC (Pty) Ltd. The African Journal of Marine Science is available online at:
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