Anchovies in Msasani Bay

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A shoal of commerson’s anchovies (Stolephorus commersonnii) beneath a boat in Msasani Bay. It’s a fast swimming, small silver fish of the open waters and is an important fish in the diet of people in eastern africa. The anchovies in Msasani fish is caught during moonless nights and in the morning it is sold to women who spread it out for drying in the sun. This takes one day or more, depending on the weather. The dried fish is packed in sacks and traders take the fish to the market.


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