Englishman

(Chrysoblephus anglicus)

Engelsman

1. What is it?

Englishman seabream (Chrysoblephus anglicus) are slow growing endemic, reef-dwelling fish with a narrow distribution. Their slow growth and late sexual maturity make them susceptible to overfishing. Stock levels have collapsed due to increased fishing pressure. Englishman are listed on the IUCN list of threatened species as Near Threatened.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Englishman are caught in the linefishery or recreational fishery which operates from small ski- and deckboats. Linefishing is carried out with either a rod and reel, handline or spear (recreational) and is therefore selective with little impacts on the marine environment and minimal bycatch.

3. Where is it from?

Englishman are caught within the inshore zone along most of the South African coastline. 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 minimum size (40 cm) and bag (1 pp/pd) limits for 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.