Sawfish (Pristis pristis and Pristis zijsron) are slow growing, late-maturing, large fish found in warm, shallow coastal waters over a sandy or muddy bottom as well as estuaries. They are extremely sensitive to over-fishing and habitat degradation. Both are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red list Threatened Species. Sawfish are specially protected in South African water and fishing of any kind is strictly prohibited.
Fully protected, South Africa
No-one in South Africa may catch, sell or buy species that are fully protected.
Started in 2004, SASSI was established to drive change in the local seafood industry by working with suppliers and sellers of seafood, as well as informing and inspiring consumers to make sustainable seafood choices.