Searching for Sandfish in the Biedouw River

The Doring is South Africa’s last truly wild free-flowing river, and is also home to a mysterious fish called the Clanwilliam Sandfish (AKA Onderbekvis). In springtime when the flows are swift and the flowers are out, sandfish migrate up into tributaries like the Biedouw River in search of suitable places to spawn and lay their eggs.

Saving Sandfish

Saving Sandfish is a conservation project and web series by Fishwater Films which chronicles the highs and the lows of conserving one of South Africa's most threatened migratory freshwater fish – the Clanwilliam Sandfish. The series explores the diverse freshwater ecosystems of the Greater Cederberg Region and profiles the passionate scientists, conservationists and land-owners helping to save the iconic ‘Onderbekvis’ from extinction.

Episode 3 of Saving Sandfish follows the quest to document the sandfish spawning migration for the very first time, while getting distracted by the magnificence of the Biedouw valley along the way!

If you missed it...

Saving Sandfish Episode 1
Saving Sandfish Episode 2

The project is led by the Freshwater Research Centre, in partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, the Fynbos Fish Trust, CapeNature and the Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation.

Funded by the National Geographic Society, Mohammed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund