The galjoen is the national fish of South Africa. Although it’s not very good-looking, it belongs to a family of fish which are found only off our coastline and so we’re proud of it!
Sadly, our national fish is fast disappearing – it has been overfished and is now listed as Red by SASSI (Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative).
Recreational anglers may only catch two galjoen (minimum size = 35cm) per day between 1 March and 14 October each year. They are not allowed to sell their catch.
National fish of South Africa
Catches are limited as this is a threatened species
Listed Red (no sale) on SASSI’s Consumer Seafood List (see www.wwfsassi.co.za