Red Roman

(Chrysoblephus laticeps)

Roman, Rooi roman

1. What is it?

Red roman (Chrysoblephus laticeps) are highly residential, endemic, slow growing, late maturing fish making them vulnerable to fishing pressure. Stocks have been depleted severely in many areas due to overfishing. Since the forming of no-take Marine Protected Areas (MPA) stocks have showed signs of recovery and available data indicates that current fishing pressure is appropriate for the stock rebuilding. Red romans are listed on IUCN’s red list for threatened species as Near Threatened.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Red roman 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 accidental bycatch.

3. Where is it from?

Red roman are found in near-shore reefs around South Africa mainly from Cape Point to Port St Johns. 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 (2 pp/pd) and minimum size limits (30 cm) for the recreational fisheries. There is some concern over the impact of the small-scale fishery rights allocation beyond the recommended TAE and the continuously growing recreational sector.