Cape Knifejaw

(Oplegnathus conwayi)

Kraaibek galjoen, Cuckoo bass, Kraaibek

1. What is it?

Cape knifejaws (Oplegnathus conwayi) 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?

Cape knifejaws 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 (5 pp/pd) and they are not allowed to sell their catch.

3. Where is it from?

Cape knifejaws are endemic to the east coast of South Africa from False Bay in the Western Cape to Thukela in KwaZulu-Natal. Due to its no-sale status, management consists of monitoring and permit enforcement on a local scale.