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Margaret Smith Library, SAIAB: National Fish of South Africa

The library at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity contributes to research and teaching in the aquatic sciences through heritage collections and a global web of data. Resources and services are shared with Rhodes University Library

National Fish of South Africa


This illustration by Hazel Gearing comes from


Coastal Fishery Resources, an easy guide (2016)

Vanessa Rouhani and Professor Paul Cowley; Illustrations by Hazel Gearing.

This 2016 ed. comes wthout the now-outdated SASSI information.

Marine and coastal resources are under increasing pressure from commercial, subsistence and recreational fishers. Growing demands have brought new challenges with respect to management and sustainable utilisation of these resources. This booklet serves to provide some biological and ecological background to the commonly caught or harvested species along the South African coast.

Audience: General.

Galjoen Red-Listed at SASSI