The Kruger National Park is widely regarded as one of the treasures of Africa but what of the fishing there? The park was created to provide a protected natural sanctuary for the continent's endangered wild animals and so with limited human access, the rivers running through it are under little or no fishing pressure. So it was with great anticipation that Gareth George of the Wildfly team accepted an invitation from the park's Scientific Services Dept to help catch and study the variety of fish species to be found there, which would enable them to highlight any issues threatening their ongoing survival. They focus on the Sabie River, where there is concern that a dam project over the border in Mozambique is causing saltation. There's also the possibility that fish farms in the area that have introduced the Nile Tilapia, could be gradually cross breeding with some indigenous species. The fishing in the Kruger National Park proves to be excellent and as Gareth gets into plenty of Tigerfish and the odd Catfish.
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