Natal Wrasse

(Anchichoerops natalensis)

1. What is it?

Natal wrasse (Anchichoerops natalensis) are endemic, residential fish found in rocky and coral reefs. They have a very limited range and are highly inquisitive making them easy targets for fishers. They are fully protected in South African waters and fishing of any kind is prohibited.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Natal wrasse is a fully protected species. Therefore, no one may catch, sell or buy it in South Africa.

3. Where is it from?

Natal wrasse is endemic to the area between Tongaat and the Kei River. Due to its protected status, management is through catch inspections.