Carpe diem: Invasive fish feeds hungry in South Africa’s lockdown

first_img“It is a difficult time since COVID-19 started, we could not work. There is [no] money to buy food,” said Erika Kurdom, speaking behind her mask after collecting her ration for the day.”This fish helps us greatly,” she said.South Africa has the highest number of coronavirus infections on the continent, with a tally creeping towards half a million.For freshwater anglers in western Europe, carp are a game fish which are typically put back into the water alive after being caught, so that they can fight again.But in other cultures, in eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia, carp are a well-known dish and are often farmed for food.”The fish itself [is]… very good for human consumption,” said Mario Ferreira, regional representative of charity Gift of the Givers, driving the fish distribution initiative. “The locals actually love it.”  Topics : It is just before sunrise and volunteers are hauling nets full of gleaming, wriggling carp out of Groenvlei Lake.Here, on the picturesque coast of South Africa, environmentalists are hard at work trying to eradicate an invasive alien species.The fish, introduced into Groenvlei in the 1800s, has proliferated so much that the lake’s ecosystem is at threat.center_img For nearly two years, the carp have been netted or hunted with a bow and processed into fertilizer. But not any more.Today, the fish are destined for dinner tables in nearby Sedgefield, a town that depends hugely on tourism — and that industry has vanished almost overnight because of the coronavirus pandemic.”The carp that we take out… we donate it to our local communities as part of a food diet, because fish is actually an important source of protein,” said Thulani Ndlovu, manager at CapeNature, a governmental nature conservation organization.With South Africa’s lockdown now in its fifth month, fish from Groenvlei are helping feed around 250 people per day.last_img read more

The Latest: 2nd-tier soccer club Hull has 2 positive tests

first_imgA Bournemouth player is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing, the club said on Sunday.The team said “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed” and added that he will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date.The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.In the first round of tests of 748 people, there were six positives from three clubs. All are in seven days of self-isolation.In the second round, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Hull has announced it is the League Championship club with two personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19. May 24, 2020 Associated Press A total of 1,014 players and staff from all 24 clubs in England’s second tier were tested for the coronavirus over the last 72 hours and the results reflect an almost identical ratio of positive results to that found in the Premier League’s second wave of testing.It had been announced that the two individuals were from the same club, without naming Hull.“Medical confidentiality means the names will not be disclosed, and the club asks for this to be respected,” Hull said in a statement. “The duo, who are both asymptomatic and feeling no ill effects, will now self-isolate for seven days — in line with the protocols set out in EFL guidelines — before being tested again at a later date.”Hull, which is immediately above the relegation zone in the second tier of English football, did not say if any of the two are current players.__ The Latest: 2nd-tier soccer club Hull has 2 positive tests ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more