False alarm — still waiting for sardine run

2014-07-12 00:00

SOUTH Coast residents who thought sardines were netted off Mtwalume Beach yesterday morning actually have nothing to be excited about as the slithery fish were only mixed bait fish.

Mike Anderson-Reade, of the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, said the netting of these fish was not an indication that the sardines were on their way.

“Six crates of red-eye sardines, two crates of mackerel and two crates of sardines were netted, but this is not the sardine run,” he said.

He said the reason for the mixture of the bait fish was that they are usually scared to swim alone as they are often eaten by other fish. “So they form these shoals and swim together.”

He said the good news was that the water temperature on the South Coast has dropped to 18,5°C in the past week.

“That’s cold enough, but I won’t hold my breath. The sardines usually arrive late in July, but Mother Nature has a mind of her own.”

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