Queen Mackerel

(Scomberomorus plurilineatus)

Natal snoek, Natalse snoek

1. What is it?

Queen Mackerel (Scomberomorus plurilineatus) are relatively large, fast growing, pelagic schooling fish found close to shore. Stocks appear resilient to current fishing pressure with no declines in stock status indicators. Stocks are considered to be optimally exploited.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Queen Mackerels are caught using traditional linefishing methods of rod and reel or handlines. Linefishing is a relatively selective fishing method with few impacts on the marine habitat and low bycatch.

3. Where is it from?

Queen Mackerels are caught along the East coast of South Africa to Mozambique Management for the sector is considered partly effective. In South Africa this sector is principally managed through a total allowable effort (TAE) limitation and there are additional restrictions to protect overfished species such as bag limits (10 pp/pd) for recreational fishers. There is some concern over the impact of the small-scale fishery rights allocation beyond the recommended TAE and the continuously growing recreational sector.