Catface Rockcod, Brown-spotted rockcod
South Africa - FAO Area 47
Orange (CURRENTLY UNDER REVISION)*
The catface rockcod (Epinephelus andersoni) is a member of the large Serranidae family which includes groupers/rockcods and sea basses and is endemic to Southern Africa. Although this species is relatively common in South African waters, evidence indicates that fishing pressure had reduced spawning stocks to 42% of their unexploited levels in year 2000, they are likely to have come under further pressure since then as effort has increased in the Mozambican fishery. They are a highly resident species associated with rocky reefs and bottoms and exhibit life history characteristics such as slow growth and protogyny (changing sex from female to male as they mature), all of which make them vulnerable to overfishing.
Catface rockcod are mainly caught in the traditional linefishery which operates from small ski- and deckboats within the inshore zone along most of the South African coastline, they are also a popular target of recreational linefishers and spearfishers. Linefishing is a relatively selective fishing method which has few impacts on the marine environment and is carried out with either a rod and reel or a handline. There is generally very little bycatch or habitat damage caused by this fishing method. However, some species targeted by this fishery are over-exploited or collapsed because of their specific life history characteristics.
The minimum size limit is 50cm for recreational and commercial fishers.
*Please note, this species is currently under revision in terms of its WWF-SASSI sustainability rating, and more recent information incorporated into the assessment may affect its colour categorisation.
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Rather choose a green-listed alternative such as gurnard or kob farmed in land-based farms. These alternatives have similar firm, white, flaky flesh as catface rockcod. Or if you don�t want to cut catface rockcod out of your diet completely, eat it on a special occasion rather than every time you eat out.