Seventy-four

(Polysteganus undulosus)

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1. What is it?

Seventy-four seabream (Polysteganus undulosus) are migrating, spawning fish known to form aggregations on rocky reefs. They were once the most common linefish consumed in KwaZulu-Natal, however, due to overfishing, stocks collapsed and they have been specially protected since 1998. They are currently listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN list of threatened species. Fishing of any kind is prohibited.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Seventy-four seabream are fully protected species, therefore no one may catch, sell or buy them in South Africa.

3. Where is it from?

Seventy-four seabream are endemic to the region extending from Knysna to Southern Mozambique. Due to its protected status, management is through catch inspections.