(Chrysoblephus puniceus)

Slinger seabream

1. What is it?

Slingers (Chrysoblephus puniceus) are schooling, fast growing fish that are able to change sex from female to male making them susceptible to overfishing. The most recent assessments show that they are being fished sustainably.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Slingers are caught using the traditional rod-and-reel method of the linefish sector. Linefishing is a relatively selective fishing method which targets a large number of species many of which are reef-associated but also includes a few pelagic species. When targeting pelagic linefish species, the linefishery is not likely to cause significant damage to overfished, vulnerable or ETP species, which are nearly all reef-associated. The reverse is true when targeting for reef-associated linefish species like slingers. The fishery has few discards and there are very few “non-target” species landed in the sector.

3. Where is it from?

Slingers are caught mainly within the inshore zone around KwaZulu-Natal and southern 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 limits (5pp/pd) and minimum size limits (25cm) 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.