Bronze Bream

(Pachymetopon grande)

Copper bream, Bruin hottentot, Pens-en-derms

1. What is it?

Bronze bream (Pachymetopon grande) are slow growing, highly resident inshore fish found in rocky reefs up to 25 meters deep. They are endemic to the region and combined with their slow growth are vulnerable to exploitation. Bronze beam are listed on the IUCN list for threatened species as Near Threatened and are rated as a no-sale species within South Africa.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Bronze bream are listed as a no-sale (red) 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 (2 pp/pd) and minimum size limits (30 cm) and they are not allowed to sell their catch.

3. Where is it from?

Bronze bream are endemic to the South Western Cape coastline all the way to KwaZulu-Natal. Due to its no-sale status, management consists of monitoring and permit enforcement on a local scale.