Collecting on kzn north coast

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  1. King_Triton

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    Hey guys,

    Just wanna check up if anyone is free to go collecting stuff tomorrow on the north coast. Its spring tide so should be good.
     
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    Hi @King_Triton Where abouts on the North Coast will you be collecting?
     
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    Hi bud, I normally go around ballito, umhloti, shaka's rock. Not too familiar as i live in gauteng now so only collected at those spots about three times. Im easy though if you have suggestions.
     
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    I spent quite alot of time at Sheffield Beach (Salt Rock Offramp) during the holidays. Corals and fish are plentiful. Another good spot was Tinley Manor. To the right of the tidal pool are a few lekker spots.
     
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    I'm keen what times the tide need to drop my wife @ graft at 730 in Durban north
     
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    Hey bud i think a good time will be about 8:30 or 9. Low is at 10:30. Pm me your number and ill call you and we can discuss. Looking forward to it.
     
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    Sorry to pirate your post...
    I'm reading all the collection threads and didn't realise our coastline offers so much.

    I'm gonna be in Umhlanga from 26th Jan to 11th Feb.
    Completely inexperienced but only know how to catch shad and grunter etc LOL!

    Where do I start preparing for my collection and how do you do it?
     
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    Hey bud,

    I was just the same. knew how to catch edible fish and that was it. Never knew we had so many ornamentals.

    You might not find much off Umhlanga if you puddle hopping. treasure beach is excellent. I went there with @Makharold.

    Got 2 convicts, 2 gobies, some hermits, snails, a purple urchin, zoas, and some marco algae in just about 2 hours. You do get some other nice fish if you snorkel.
     
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    first get a permit.

    Secondly, have a battery operated airpump

    have an identification book with you. If you do not know what it is, if its reef safe or not, then put it back. Does not matter what size. Can be small now, but can grow large. Example Dardanus megistos hermits.

    Have bucket or holding tank sufficient to keep them in.

    Only collect the last 4 to 5 days while down there.
     
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    To add to what Riaan said. I collect about 2 days before coming up. I carry a 25L container for water and do water changes in the holding buckets every morning. Run an airpump continuously at home. Try and collect yellow tip hermits. A battery operated airpump is a good option to be safe. I havent used one in the 3 times I brought stuff up from the coast, but I stop at the beach on my way up, change the water and then drive up. Just drill enough holes in the lid.

    If you using a car and going to keep the stuff in your boot, keep it on the opposite side of the exhaust, as the heat can make the water too warm. So far I have had no casualties doing it this way.
     
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    Where can I get the permit and how much is it?
    I'm gonna spend most of my time in Ballito. My bro-inlaw has a licensed fishing charter, which I suppose will be useless for my collection?

    What about sharks?

    What should I look out for? Any inverts and cuc?
     
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    Post office. About R80.
     
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    yebo, different tickbox on the license.

    Yellow tip hermits
    Yellow ring cowries.
    Turbo coronata snails
    Nerita snails
    Urchin or 2. Beware the spines of the long spine urchin.
     
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    I know, I had some urchin spines in my ankle from the tidal pool in Ballito last year.

    Fish?
     
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    Some tangs. Convicts are very common. you will see them with the black tail babies.

    Butterflies as well(Dont take them if you have LPS), some fancy puffers, many wrasse and gobies.. to name a few
     
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    Hi guys,

    I'm also heading that way at the end of the month. The remaining fish on my wishlist aren't found in our waters, and my CUC is sufficient for now, but I'm after zoas and macro algae.

    Does that require yet another separate permit? What's the best way to remove zoa frags, without harming the colony or environment around it? Just slice a few polyps off the rock with a blade, or is there a better way?

    What other coral can be found?
     
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    Hi
    Sorry to hijack
    Just a question.
    How does one find out what could be caught along our coast lines. A book or online to say what around and to identify.
     
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    I use a sharp knife and just take a slice of a few polyps, but from the base so it comes out all attached to each other.

    I was never lucky enough to find any other corals. Probably a dive deeper would have yielded some. You do get other brown and green polyps. There are some acro colonies, but you aree not allowed to take hard corals.
     
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    I also want some local corals, but where to find them i do not know.
     
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