Potato Bass Rockcod

(Epinephelus tukula)

Brown spotted rockcod, Bruinkol klipkabeljou, Aartappelbaars

1. What is it?

Potato Bass rockcod (Epinephelus tukula) are residential, predatory fish found on deep reefs, seamounts and current prone areas around 10m - 400m deep. They are highly inquisitive fish and easy to approach which made them a popular target for recreational fishers, especially spearfishers. This led to a rapid decline in abundance and from 1992 they have been fully protected in South African waters. Therefore fishing of any kind is not permitted.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Potato Bass are fully protected species therefore no one may catch, sell or buy them in South Africa.

3. Where is it from?

Potato Bass are found along the KwaZulu-Natal coast to Mozambique. Due to its protected status, management is through catch inspections. They are important reef predators globally and due to low levels worldwide they should remain protected.