Lambertsbay Sardine Run – Food For Thought

They are using cast nets, any sort of nets, even their hands – anything really! to catch these silvery edible sardines.

There has never been a Sardine Run in Lambertsbay, and this year it happened just outside of the harbour. This phenomena happened due to the currents, the dirty water as well as the seal colony chasing the schools of fish between the rocks. The seals have kept the fish locked in the gullies, and it seems as if the fish don’t want to move and get out for safety reasons as they seek shelter in the shallower areas.

The Lambertsbay community and fishermen have welcomed this occurrence and are using cast nets, any sort of nets, even their hands – anything really! to catch these silvery edible sardines. There are still quite a lot of sardines trapped in the shallows and even a whole lot that have already been caught.The Sea Fisheries are making sure that people have the required legal licenses for cast netting which can be purchased at any Post Office. 

According to De Villiers (a local fisherman), this is the first time that he has known of this phenomena taking place in the area. He says this is good for the community as they are now able to put food on their plates. As De Villiers and many others have been catching a lot of sardines they are sharing them with the community and people on the shore. This is especially important since we are coming out of a lockdown and people are in need of food on their tables and so that no fish go to waste. It honestly looks and sounds like chaos as everybody and every corner in Lambertsbay you see people going home with a plastic bag of sardines, with smiles on their faces. Even the commercial anglers are getting their fair share of sardines to freeze and keep for bait as they are getting ready for the snoek season soon. 

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