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Ryan Nienaber behind the scenes fishing stories our passion sustainability 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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Where possible, we catch ourselves. This fresh fish is the foundation of our business.

Ryan Nienaber behind the scenes our passion sustainability western cape

Where possible, we catch ourselves. This fresh fish is the foundation of our business.

In all other instances we choose our partners and suppliers with exceptional care. Above all our commitment is to quality, traceability and transparency.The oceans are our livelihood and passion. Greenfish is invested in continually reducing impact, educating consumers and protecting this natural abundance. All of the suppliers we work with share this ethic. When we buy, we buy directly from the producer or harvester. All Greenfish products are traceable directly to their origin.None of our products are subject to harmful CO2 or chemical treatments.These strong, direct connections and our continued, hands-on harvesting practice differentiates Greenfish from our competitors. Where possible...

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How to catch yellowtail in Cape Town

Ryan Nienaber behind the scenes fishing stories our passion western cape

How to catch yellowtail in Cape Town

The Fundamental Sign For A “Tail” Of A Time In Cape Town  As another early morning dawns and the sun begins to creep up over the horizon, it feels like the first time all over again. Just before you turn the corner around Cape Point, your heart beats a little faster and the level of anticipation reaches an all-time high: All you want to see around the bend is birds dropping out of the sky and onto the bait fish that has been smashed on the surface by masses of yellow tail.  You spread your lines, and the next words...

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One Hook, One Line, One Fish at a Time. Why it matters?

Ryan Nienaber behind the scenes fishing stories our passion western cape

One Hook, One Line, One Fish at a Time.  Why it matters?

Growing up fishing snoek on the west coast, catching with a single hook and hand line was simple all we knew.   It was only as I got older and saw how other fishing companies harvested, that got me thinking. So what is a one by one fishery and why does it matter? Unlike many industrialised fishing techniques that have continually improved their catches, one by one fishing is simple and dates back centuries. The fishing gear is very basic, a simple hook and line, manned actively by the fisherman.   This is fantastic as it reduces the risk of any...

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First Yellowfin Tuna of the 2020 pole season (Starts October)

Ryan Nienaber behind the scenes fishing stories our passion western cape

First Yellowfin Tuna of the 2020 pole season (Starts October)

Traditionally, tuna runs from October to June in Cape town. This year was the never-ending season and we kept catching bits and pieces throughout the winter months.October is the official start of the pole season and we kicked ours off this week at Cape Point with some great yellowfin tuna. The tuna start down South around 40 nautical miles from Cape Point. In the beginning of the season they are often longer and thinner in appearance as they have migrated long distances. As the season progresses they start working North past in an area we call the Canyon, then past...

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