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From: kingfisher <kingfisher@swiftmalindi.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:21:42 +0300
To: VANESSA BRUMBY <kingfisher@netmatters.co.uk>
Subject: Kingfisher Fishing Update 21.02.11

KINGFISHER NEWS UPDATE 21ST FEBRUARY 2011

SEAHORSE CLEANS UP THE MALINDI BILLFISH INTERNATIONAL!!
 
Dear All,
 
 
Before reflecting on another weeks fishing I would like to start with correcting a statement I made last week in reference to the broadbill caught by White Mischief during the day. I said that it was the first broadbill caught during daylight hours in Africa but it was not as at least two broadbill have been caught off Richards Bay, South Africa. The one caught on White Mischief was the first in Kenya. I am sorry for that slip up!
 
I am afraid to say that the fishing is still tough and on top of that it has been very rough and windy in the last few days. Today is much calmer than it has been so hopefully calm days will be the trend for this week. The wind is still east north east and it has not blown a true kaskazi (north east wind) for a while now. It is also very noticeable that the outside temperature is a lot cooler than normal. It actually gets quite chilly in the evenings and the days are not exceptionally hot and humid as they should be at this time of year. There is no doubt that the weather is abnormal and I am sure that this is having an effect on the fishing.
 
The Malindi International Billfish tournament was held on the weekend and although there were very few entries, it was a very enjoyable few days. The Morson Cup light tackle tournament was held on Friday and we had an entry of six boats. Clueless, fished by Robert Duff, David Darnborough and Thomas Wright were the victors with four sailfish. They were followed by Eclare, fished by Egon and Reiner with two sailfish and Seahorse fished by Bruce Buckland, Rick Bate and Andrew Belcher was third.
  The main International Billfish tournament was held on Saturday and Sunday and had an entry of eight boats. It blew a gale on both days and the fishing was very slow for most boats with the exception of Seahorse. Fishing with the same team as the Morson cup, Seahorse just couldn’t go wrong! On the first day they tagged a small blue marlin and a sailfish and were sitting well and truly on top of the leader board. Simba was lying second and Tarka third with one sailfish each. Eclare’s was definitely the hard luck story of the day. They tagged a sailfish early which incidentally would have given them third place in the tournament. At around two o clock they then hooked a very nice black marlin on 80 lb line. The fish only jumped once or twice before sounding. They fought it for over two hours before the line broke when the fish wasn’t far from the boat. It was one of those ‘’if only’’ stories and to make matters worse they were time barred and their sailfish didn’t count either!
 The second day was more of the same for Seahorse, and not a lot for the other boats. Seahorse tagged a sailfish early to give their lead a nice cushion and then tagged a striped marlin and another sailfish just to set it in stone. Simba tagged a striped marlin as well to secure second place and Tarka was third with the one sailfish from the day before. The other five boats had another blank day. Well done to Bruce, Rick and Andy for a convincing victory.

The 13th was a good day for Eclare and Neptune. Both boats opted to fish up north where Snark had caught  twelve sailfish the day before. Although there weren’t as many sailfish around they both had a black marlin and two and three sailfish each respectively.

Eclare caught a striped marlin on the 15th for Gennady Smirnov while Tina had an 80 kg black marlin and two sailfish. On the 16th Snowgoose came back with two striped marlin for Oleg Mamatchenko. Gennady and Oleg are some of the first clients we have had from Russia. They fished nine days and in the current circumstances they had a successful trip with four striped marlin and five sailfish.
  Tina and Snark found some sailfish up north on the 16th. Tina ended up with three and Snark two as well as an assortment of smaller game fish.

Snark had two good days on the 17th and 18th. Fishing with Reiner Schwarz and Roland Ebert they had four sailfish on the 17th and five on the 18th. The 18th was a much better day all round with all our boats, including Malachite catching sailfish.
 
I am attaching some info below on a new African Billfish Foundation scheme, which we are looking for any help with. Please read it as it will be another big step forward towards the foundations overall goal. If any of you would like to join the African Billfish Foundation please contact Nelly whose address you will find on the attached document.
 
 
That’s it for this week.
 
 
Best regard’s
 
 
Adrian  
 
 

MIGRATING with the BILLFISH expedition     Kenya Chapter
An expedition to increase the recovery of billfish tags and awareness of billfish conservation
EXPEDITION PROPOSAL

Purpose Statement
Over the last ten years, the African Billfish Foundation in collaboration with the sport fishing fraternity has actively run a billfish species tagging and recoveries programme in the East African waters. To date, Over 43,000 fish have been tagged and up to 1,500 tags have been recovered. The recovered tags include the most outstanding ones demonstrating that tagged billfish migrate to places as far as the Southern Africa Coast, West Coast of Australia and the Arabian Gulf Coast. However, very little information has been obtained regarding the tagged fish. The fish are usually caught as by-catch or for consumption. In most cases, when a tagged billfish is caught, the people involved lack the knowledge regarding the importance of collecting the tag and species information which forms a fundamental baseline for studying and conserving these incredible voracious predators. The Kenya and Tanzania expeditions aim at bridging the gap between the number of tagged fish recorded and the recoveries information through creating and increasing the awareness among the different stakeholders as well empowering the young people.   In addition, the expedition seeks to establish and strengthen multi-faceted stakeholders approach towards the conservation of billfish species whilst enabling corporate partnership input with the aim of achieving strong economic returns.
Expedition goals
- Increase the number of recovered tags from the current 2% to at least 4%
- Create and increase awareness and education for stakeholders along the Kenyan Coastline
- Produce a documentary that will constitute the expedition results and the status of conservation, research and management of billfish species in Kenya
- Increased awareness of the billfish conservation, research and management in Africa by the Kenya Coast population
- Increased awareness of the need for conservation and management strategy for billfish Species in the East African waters.
- Development of corporate partnerships to facilitate necessary funding for future project/ expedition advancement
Expedition description
The intensive hands-on expedition is designed to be a practical lesson involving a multi-faceted approach to create and increase awareness regarding the conservation of billfish species along the Kenyan Coastline. The thirty five-day expedition will cover the 600 kilometer Kenya Coastline from Kiwayu up North to Shimoni on border of Kenya and Tanzania The expedition will be comprised of workshops for stakeholders in the designated zones along the Kenyan Coastline, interactive activities to reach the young people; who are a vital basis for the present and future conservation status and recording of information through photographic and written media.  The targeted stakeholders will have the opportunity to learn about the billfish species, the tagging and the need to collect and disseminate tag recovery information.  Throughout the expedition, local fishermen and other stakeholders will share their experiences and challenges regarding the conservation of billfish and other species at large. In regards to the fish tag recoveries output, one of the expedition’s major objectives is to increase the percentage number of tags recovered along the Kenyan Coastline from the current 2% to at least 4% in the next fishing season. The expedition also aim at spearheading the process of developing a strategy for partnering agencies and countries to implement and refine approaches towards the conservation and management of billfish species in the West Indian Ocean.
Expedition BUDGET – Kenya Chapter
 
  ITEM  COST IN  KSH  COST IN  USDOLLARS
  1.       Education and  awareness  675,000  9,000
  2.       Publicity    525,000  7,000
  3.       Transport – Hiring a  5-seater minibus  117,000  1,560
  4.       Fuel  160,032  2,134
  5.       Transport by  boat  48,000  640
  6.       Accommodation and  food  378,000  5,040
  Total expedition  Cost  1,903,000  25,374
Budget notes:
The African Billfish Foundation is looking for sponsorship and donations for the whole or part of this expedition from corporate bodies, individuals and business enterprises.
Offers of materials such as accommodation and vehicle use along the route will cut down the above figures immensely.  
For more details on the budget, please do not hesitate to contact us
 
SPONSORSHIPS AND DONATIONS
All sponsors will be acknowledged.
If you would like to support us in any way, please contact either:
Nelly Kadagi – nelly@africanbillfish.org <mailto:nelly@africanbillfish.org>  (+254 701 662 733)          or
Tina Harris – tina@africanbillfish.org <mailto:tina@africanbillfish.org>   (+254 722 294 332)
VOLUNTEERING
You can support us by joining the expedition us a volunteer. For more information on the cost of participating under the different categories i.e
-          Migration North
-          Migration South
-          Whole expedition
Best regards,
 
Nelly Noela Kadagi
Programmes Coordinator
 
AFRICAN BILLFISH FOUNDATION
'Promoting conservation and research for the protection and improvement of Billfish Species and their environment'
P.o  Box, 342
Watamu, 80202, Kenya
Web: http://www.africanbillfishfoundation.org <http://www.africanbillfishfoundation.org/>
Email: nelly@africanbillfish.org <mailto:info@africanbillfish.org>
Tel: +254 701 662 733