Great White Shark

(Carcharodon carcharias)

Haai, Wit haai, Blue Pointer, Great white, Witdood haai

1. What is it?

Great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) are large, long lived, slow growing predatory sharks that feed on a wide variety of bony fish as well as seals, dolphins and smaller whales. They are an inquisitive species targeted by trophy hunters or sports fishers. They are often caught in fishing gear and survival upon release is very low. They are listed as Vulnerable on the as IUCN's red list for threatened species and are fully protected in South Africa. Therefore fishing of any kind is prohibited.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Great white sharks are fully protected species therefore no one may catch, sell or buy them in South Africa.

3. Where is it from?

Great white sharks are found all along the coast of South Africa in areas often associated with large seal populations. Due to its protected status, management is through catch inspections. Illegal capture within South Africa and the lack of regulation in Mozambique makes management very difficult.