Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Chokka is a small squid like creature that used to be caught as bait in the fishing industry. Then some brilliant marketing person decided to sell it as a delicacy, and now Calamari is sold throughout the world as a seafood treat.
It is a highly regulated industry here, because it is plentiful off the coast between port Elizabeth and St Francis, and the fisheries department would like to keep it that way, so strict quotas are in place. Calamari is now known as 'white gold' to the fishermen, who can make huge amounts of money during "chokka season".
There is a lively working harbour at Port St Francis, as well as the yacht basin we showed you yesterday, and a fleet of chokka boats such as these are moored there. You will see large halogen lights strung across the boats, these are used to attract the chokka at night, they swarm up to the light and are caught in nets.
In the background is the pretty little village of St Francis Bay, with its characteristic white thatched houses.


Uma por Dia said...

Seems a quiet and comfortable place, but still not well understood where it is.

quin[tarantino] said...

Very, very beautiful.

Sonia said...

What a wonderful photo!

sam said...

hi u p d, welcome! St Francis is on the Southern Coast of South Africa. It is between Capetown and Port Elizabeth, about 100 km west of Port Elizabeth. To get there from PE, you drive on the N2freeway to Humansdorp and then take a road to the coast, about 25km.

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