GEORGE NEWS - A new resident to George shared his disgust at the disregard for nature, supposedly by fishermen who had left eight sand sharks they had caught above the high water mark near Kaaimans River mouth.
Graeme Paper says he was walking on Wilderness beach on the morning of 22 April just before the estuary mouth where he found the sharks that had been discarded on the beach.
"I am not sure if this is illegal, but morally it is very wrong. As a new resident to the area I was really disgusted by this sight. I am sure any tourist taking a morning beach walk would feel the same," he said. "These fish were all above the high tide mark so there is no other explanation. I just feel fishermen should be called out on this. I like to fish now and then, but my policy is if you do not want it, throw it back. I feel that this is just a small group of people as most fishermen would never do this."
The biggest shark was 1 metre long.
Nandi Mgwadlamba, communications officer at SANParks, said their marine rangers have not picked up any fish kills in the Touw River.
"Upon receiving the enquiry, they walked around the estuary mouth (on Tuesday 27 April) and did not see anything. Jonathan Britton, marine ranger for Wilderness, has asked rangers to walk the system again today (Wednesday). We will give feedback if there is any emerging information.
"The sand sharks found dead might have been an isolated incident, but it is too soon to confirm this."
'We bring you the latest George, Garden Route news'