News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Wednesday June 19th 2019

Red bait casts stench over tourist destination

STENCH ... Mossel Bay municipal workers Melisizwe January (left) and Wandisile Mqozi don full protection -- gas masks, gloves and wellies -- as they clear away tons of rotting redbait off the rocks in front of popular tourist venue, Mossel Bay Point. Pic: Mike Loewe/WCN

An unusual upwelling of red bait at Mossel Bay has cast a stench over large parts of the scenic town.

The stench is so bad that tourist operators have called in the municipality to clean up the popular area and workers, wearing gas masks, gloves and rubber boots said they have removed eight tons of rotting red bait since Monday.

Manager of popular Delfino’s restaurant on the point, Mariėtte Moll, said torrential rain, sewerage and spring tides were possible causes of the red bait being washed onto land.

“We’ve had these before but never in such volume.”

However, fisherman were happy as smelly red bait was good for catching fish.

“Fishermen love the bonanza of fresh bait,” she said.

The clean up operation would take a few days to clear the area between Inner Pool and Outer Pool as, at every low tide, more red bait is washed ashore. – Mike Loewe

Tags: Delfino’s restaurant, Mariėtte Moll, Mossel Bay, red bait

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