Garrick

(Lichia amia)

Leervis, Leerie, Lichia Amia

1. What is it?

Garrick are large, predatory fish that live close to shore. Adults undergo spawning migrations once a year, while young garrick use estuaries as nursery areas. In South Africa, garrick live along the coast from Cape Point to Cape Vidal, but also in the Mediterranean Sea and the waters around West Africa. Only recreational fishermen with a special permit may catch garrick, but no-one in South Africa is allowed to sell the species.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Only recreational fishers with special permits may catch them following the minimum size (>70 cm) and daily bag limits (2 pp/pd).

3. Where is it from?

Garrick is found along the coast from Cape Point to Cape Vidal, but internationally this species can also be found in the Mediterranean Sea and the waters around West Africa. Due to its no-sale status, management consists of monitoring and permit enforcement on a local scale.