Natal Knifejaw

(Oplegnathus robinsoni)

1. What is it?

Natal knifejaws (Oplegnathus robinsoni) are slow growing fish with a parrot-like beak. They are inquisitive by nature making them an easy target for spearfishers. This species is currently rated as a no-sale species within South Africa.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Only recreational and subsistence fishers with a special permit may catch Natal knifejaws following a daily bag limit (5). Recreational fisherman are also not allowed to sell their catches.

3. Where is it from?

Natal knifejaws are endemic and fond mainly along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline towards Mozambique. However large numbers have been seen in the Pondoland MPA located in the Eastern Cape and juveniles have been observed as far South as the Tsitsikamma. Due to its no-sale status, management consists of monitoring and permit enforcement on a local scale.