Sardines stay away

2009-06-30 00:00

CHOPPY seas have kept the sardine shoals away, raising concern that the “greatest shoal on earth” might not show up this year.

Sardine expert Mike Anderson-Reade said conditions along the coastline are not conducive for sardine shoals.

“Waves are big and generally sea conditions are very unpleasant, with one- and two-and-a-half- metre swells.

“This is not good news for sardines.”

Anderson–Reade said he and and his team from the Natal Sharks Board have made several observation flights along the coast to check for bird and dolphin activity.

“We did get an aerial report from a pilot who spotted a big shoal about 4 km offshore of Port Edward, but nothing closer in,” he said.

For updates, call the sardine hotline at 082 284 9495.

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