Scientists have been looking out for spawning sandfish in the last couple of years to document this sporadic and seemingly rare occurrence. Last year it happened and a sandfish spawning run was filmed for the 1st time in history! Over to the filming team, Dr. Jeremy Shelton and Dr. Otto Whitehead: "The Doring is South [...]
New heights were reached by the people involved in the Saving Sandfish fish rescue this year! After witnessing a very successful sandfish spawning migration, scientists and conservationists returned to the Biedouw valley for a fish rescue at the end of October. Thousands of baby sandfish were carefully netted and stocked into the Enjo Nature Farm [...]
This series of Saving Sandfish films portray the exciting search for spawning Clanwilliam sandfish and saving their young from alien fish predation in the Biedouw River.
"Sandvis, dis 'n onderbekvis, hy byt nie aan 'n hoek nie want hy's 'n onderbek vis!" (English translation: "Sandfish, it's an 'undermouth' fish, he doesn't bite on hooks because he's an 'undermouth' fish!"), one of the farmers remarked about the sandfish on his farmlands while Jeremy and Otto were out and about trying to film [...]
Picture this: 9 km of river with big, crystal clear pools full of big sandfish, yellowfish and sawfin feeding on bedrock and sand...Drool, drool, drool. This image of a magic fly fishing destination could become reality with the Saving Sandfish conservation project. The possibility of a weir in the Biedouw River Valley, that will make [...]
One of the main aims of the Saving Sandfish project was to find juvenile sandfish in the lower Biedouw River, catch approx. 500 or more of them and move them to the higher reaches where a healthy indigenous fish population thrives in resilient pools without alien predators (spotted bass and bluegills). Although spawning areas were [...]
The Clanwilliam sandfish (Labeo seeberi) is one of the most enigmatic indigenous fishes in South Africa, even more so than its river mate the Clanwilliam yellowfish which is praised by fisherman across our country. Sandfish ‘live’ in the Olifants/Doring River system in the Western Cape and where it once thrived in schools of ‘thousands’ that [...]