Santer

(Cheimerius nufar)

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1. What is it?

Santer (Cheimerius nufar) are long-lived fish associated with rocky reefs (as adults) and sheltered estuaries (juveniles). There are no indications that the current fishing practice threatens the stock but a comprehensive stock assessment is not yet available.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Santer are caught using traditional linefishing methods. Linefishery uses traditional rod and reel or handlines. Linefishing is a relatively selective fishing method with few impacts on the marine environment and little bycatch.

3. Where is it from?

Santer are found in coastal reefs from the Western Cape 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 (5 pp/pd) and minimum size limits (30 cm) for the 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.