River Snapper

(Lutjanus argentimaculatus)

Mangrove red snapper, Rock salmon, Mangrove snapper

1. What is it?

River snappers (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) are migratory fish found in estuaries (juveniles), coral and rocky reefs (adults). Their estuarine dependence makes them susceptible to overfishing. This species is currently rated as a no-sale species within South Africa.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Only recreational fishers with special permit may catch them following a daily bag (5 pp/pd) and minimum size limit (40 cm). Recreational fishers are not allowed to sell their catches.

3. Where is it from?

River snappers are found in tropical waters off KwaZulu-Natal moving north. Due to its no-sale status, management consists of monitoring and permit enforcement on a local scale. The illegal importing of river snappers from Mozambique makes effective management of the species very difficult.