Durban - A visiting marine expert has criticised the KZN Sharks Board for failing to remove nets on the South Coast after three washed ashore in heavy seas this week.
The board confirmed that one of the nets, which is about the length of a rugby field, was still adrift off T O Strand near Port Edward, while another was snagged on the rocks in the marine reserve at Clansthal.
Marine biologist Phanor Montoya-Maya a Colombian national studying for a doctorate at UKZN who recovered one of the nets, said they posed a hazard to humpback whales now migrating up the coast.
The net snagged on the rocks at Clansthal also posed a threat to surfers, he said.
“It really is very big. It is about 100m long. That’s about the length of a rugby field. If a surfer ducks into a wave and gets caught it will be very difficult to get out.