Greenfish Blog — fishing stories

Not in my back yard

Ryan Nienaber behind the scenes fishing stories low impact fishing

Not in my back yard

This past Sunday I went to sea off Hout bay in search of tuna, the weather in the morning was incredibly unpleasant, cold and bumpy. I had a videographer on board to capture some of our day so we can share and show our story to our customers, how we fish and the impacts we have with our style of harvest so that the consumers are best informed to make their choices.   Tuna are amazing predators, perfectly designed to cut through the water at high speeds, with big eyes to visually hunt down prey such as sardine, garfish, squids and...

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Bluefin Tuna in Cape Town

Ryan Nienaber fishing stories our passion western cape

Bluefin Tuna in Cape Town

Due to its geographic location, Cape Town lends itself perfectly to world class tuna fishing. The warm Mozambican current that runs down the east coast, overlapping with the cold Benguela current that moves down the west coast, brings with it an abundance of nutrients and baitfish. This upwelling, along with the hake long lining and trawling, congregated contours and depths are all contributing factors to why tuna congregate here. The typical season tuna starts in October and is brought on after a good strong blow by the south-easterly wind which drives the warm currents closer to shore. The first half...

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Plastic in our Oceans – and what each of us can do.

Ryan Nienaber behind the scenes fishing stories

Plastic in our Oceans – and what each of us can do.

Plastic in our Oceans – and what each of us can do. Recently I caught a dorado off Cape Point. These fish are not common around Cape Town and only visit us when the waters are very hot or when a piece of debris drifts down, like in this case a tree, that carried many fish underneath it in its own little eco system. Dorado are famous for being the “chicken of the sea”, so I prepared this one to take home for dinner. While filleting the dorado, I felt something unusual in the stomach. It is very common practice...

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Conspira-SEA

Ryan Nienaber behind the scenes fishing stories low impact fishing

Conspira-SEA

In a world where information, true and false, is at our fingertips, and where we make decisions based on the information plated in front of us, it’s very easy to get caught up in a moment and be lead down an emotional rollercoaster that the producer of a film is laying in front of you. The latest Netflix documentary Seaspiracy regarding the ocean that is getting lots of media attention, although being heavily one sided, does a great job of creating awareness that we do need to do something towards our ocean’s health for it to be able to sustain itself...

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Snoek Blog

Ryan Nienaber behind the scenes fishing stories our passion western cape

Snoek Blog

Snoek   Snoek fishing is where I started making pocket money as a school boy in Table Bay. It is a tradition and starting point for most handline fishermen on the west coast, and the “Snoek run” is synonymous with the South African fishing industry. Little did I know at the time that this would become the early foundations of Greenfish. Snoek is a staple income for many of the coastal communities. More boats go out to target this species than any other species in the Western Cape.  The local jobs created are tenfold and the secondary job creation is clearly evident, from...

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