Red Steenbras

(Petrus rupestris)

Copper steenbras, Koper steenbras, Rooi steenbras, Miss Lucy, Copper

1. What is it?

Red steenbras (Petrus rupestris) are slow growing, large, residential, endemic fish highly prized by recreational fishers. They are associated with offshore rocky reefs. Population levels are low and in need of recovery. Red steenbras are listed as Endangered on IUCN’s list for threatened species and are rated as no-sale species within South Africa.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Only recreational fishers with special permit may catch red steenbras following a daily bag (1 pp/pd) and minimum size limit (60 cm). Recreational fishers are not allowed to sell their catches.

3. Where is it from?

Red steenbras are endemic to the waters around False Bay up to St. Lucia. Due to its no-sale status, management consists of monitoring and permit enforcement on a local scale.