The officials claimed that the seals prefer pilchard , small hake and horse mackerel.
After migrating to the ocean, the maturing adults feed on large zooplakton, herring, pilchard , sandlance and other fishes, squid, and crustaceans.
The coastal dwellers also catch pilchard and white fish.
The main species harvested are hake, horse mackerel and pilchard , whilst other species such as monk, anchovy, tuna and sole also contribute to this sector.
South Africa this week granted Namibia limited access to anchovy and pilchard .
Lastly, horse mackerel's acidity level is higher than pilchard causing a corrosive action when the fish is canned.
The South African sardine, also known as the pilchard , is usually found in huge shoals in the upper layers of the ocean.
The omega - 3 oil found in oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, fresh tuna, sardines, herring, kippers, pilchards , trout and anchovies are known to have a protective effect on the heart.
Salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and fresh tuna are the best source of Omega 3 which is rich in Eicosapentaenoic acid.
He noted that fresh pilchards are simply grilled, with pepper and salt, which is still the best way of cooking sardines, the junior version of pilchards .