Fish farm could make triathletes shark bait

Fish farm could make triathletes shark bait

Triathletes to become Shark Bait

Port Elizabeth – Plans to build a large fish farm along a popular coast stretch prompted concerns it could entice sharks, endangering tourists and Ironman triathletes.

Authorities in Port Elizabeth say the vast fishery, 2.5km off Hobie Beach, will create much needed jobs in the area.

However, having had sharks in the area over many years, a host of beachfront hoteliers, marine biologists and local councillors say the project would also certainly attract a large number of Great Whites and other sharks species.

Paul Woolfe, Director of Ironman South Africa told AFP that if the project goes ahead they will be forced to move the event to another city as it will simply be too dangerous to run in potentially shark infested water where their sharks will probably think all their Christmases have come at once with thousands of triathletes swimming off the beach.

great white shark

“One of many risks is that our athletes might be eaten by sharks, because the fish farm will lure bigger sharks to the bay that are not normally there,” Woolfe said.

In addition, the beach is a favourite training area for the triathletes preparing for the event.

Ironman SA had already been contacted by the cities of Cape Town and Durban about hosting the race which will be a huge financial boost to the cities.

Port Elizabeth could stand to lose around R88.6m in revenue if the race moved.

Port Elizabeth is currently set to host the annual Ironman African championship – a 3.8km swim followed by a 180km bike ride and a 42.2km marathon run – until 2016.

jumping great white shark

Jumping Great White Shark

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has already granted authorisation for the fish farm to go ahead, however a petition has been launched to stop it.

Dean Biddulphs, a municipal councillor, said the farm was important for jobs but should be built on land and not utilise the ocean.

“If it’s land-based, it’s even more economical and cost effective,” he said, adding that there was land available nearby. Logically this makes sense but there is always a fight with common sense verses corruption.

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Core work outs 3 videos to get yourself a monster core

Core work outs 3 videos to get yourself a monster core

Here are a few awesome core workouts you can use to be stronger overall. Most people have a very weak core that cause many other problems. Especially if you train a lot, it is important that you core is strong to support your whole body.

If it is weak then other parts of your body over compensate causing injuries.

The key principle of core strength is the ability to control the spine while moving. The spine contains the central nervous system which controls how efficiently and powerfully we can move our legs and arms which is generally pretty relevant to athletes regardless of what sport you participate in.

So if we lack core strength, we cannot hope to move our arms or legs very well, making something as complex as running for example a very difficult task!

Everyone, regardless of being an athlete or not will benefit from a strong core.

Craig Alexander is a multi World Triathlon champion. Winning the coveted Hawaii Ironman 3 times.  He has been a top pro for many years and is one of the strongest triathletes in the field due to his strong core.

Why be boring and non controversial? Here is a great work out from the guy who was one of Lance Armstrong’s strength trainers. Love him or hate him, drugs will only take you so far. And with everyone else taking drugs, you still have to put the hard work in.

The Best Core Exercises For Better Run Form