Stonebream

(Neoscorpis lithophilus)

Stinker, Stone bream

1. What is it?

Stonebream (Neoscorpis lithophilus) are endemic fish that feed on seaweeds around inshore reefs. Very little is known about their biology or population levels. This species is rated as a no-sale species within South Africa.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Only recreational fishers with special permit may catch stonebream following a daily bag (5 pp/pd) limit. Recreational fishers are not allowed to sell their catches.

3. Where is it from?

Stonebream are endemic to the coastal waters of Cape Agulhas to Mozambique, but are mainly found off KwaZulu-Natal. Due to its no-sale status, management consists of monitoring and permit enforcement on a local scale.