White Musselcracker

(Sparodon durbanensis)

Brusher, Beenbek, Silver steenbras, Sandbloue, Cracker, Wit mosselkraker, Biskop

As per the Responsible Angler Guidelines, responsible recreational fishers are requested to not retain but rather tag and release any species caught that are listed as Endangered, Threatened or Vulnerable on a local species list (E.g. National Biodiversity Assessment) or an international list (E.g. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species).

White musselcracker (Sparodon durbanensis ) are endemic, slow growing, late maturing fish found along the South African coastline from Cape Point to KwaZulu-Natal. White musselcrackers are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This species is rated as a no-sale species within South Africa, only recreational fishers with a permit may catch them following a daily bag (2 pp/pd) and minimum size (60 cm) limits. Recreational fishers are not allowed to sell their catches.