Blacktail

(Diplodus sargus capensis)

Dassie, Kolstert, Blacktail bream

1. What is it?

Blacktail (Diplodus sargus capensis) are inshore, residential fish found in shallow rocky reefs less than 25meters deep. They are able to change sex at any stage of their development. They are one of the most commonly caught fish by recreational fishers subjecting them to high fishing pressures. They are currently listed as a no-sale species within South Africa.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Blacktail is listed as a no-sale species, therefore it is illegal to sell or buy them anywhere in South Africa. Only recreational fishers with recreational permits may catch them. Recreational fishers are also limited by a daily bag (5 pp/pd) and minimum size limits (20 cm) and they are not allowed to sell their catch.

3. Where is it from?

Blacktail can be found from Angola all along the coast all the way to Mozambique. Due to its no-sale status, management consists of monitoring and permit enforcement on a local scale.