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I spy with my underwater eye fishes’ secret lives


I spy with my underwater eye fishes’ secret lives

Scientists and fishermen have teamed up to spy on SA fish, and what they've discovered has surprised them

Senior reporter

Underwater cameras used by fishermen and scientists in the Western Cape appear to have solved one of life’s oldest mysteries: where are the fish when we’re not catching them?

The answer? In marine protected areas where they are less likely to be found.

Footage from five Baited Remote Underwater Video cameras (BRUVs) deployed in the ocean around Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond, both inside and outside the Betty’s Bay Marine Protected Area, has found that abundant fish life inside MPAs spills over into adjoining nonprotected areas, thereby confirming the importance of these “seeder” areas for overall ocean health...

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