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Drone fishing in South Africa is a danger to sharks and may be unfair to other fishers – study

By Alexander Claus Winkler, Research Associate, Rhodes University
“Drone fishing” is a relatively recent innovation in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Some recreational anglers are using personal drones to fly baited lines into hard-to-reach areas of water, or to look for good fishing areas.

Recreational fishing is a popular sport and hobby in South Africa, which has a 2,850km shoreline. The most recent estimate of the number of marine shore based anglers is about 400,000.

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