Marine Resources Management


Recreational Fishing


Recreational Angling



Species specific regulations applicable to holders of recreational fishing permits

Marine Recreational Activity Information Brochure: 2010/2011

  1. The taxa, i.e. genus (denoted “spp.”), family or class mentioned in this Annexure refer to all species in the genus, family or class, as the case may be.
  2. The size of the fish shall be measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the extreme end of the tail.
  3. All fish that are landed, except sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras (Class Chondrichthyes), must have head and tail intact such that it can be established whether the fish conforms to the minimum size and / or mass, provided that it may be gutted.
  4. Any fish caught in contravention of the provisions of the Act or the permit conditions must immediately be returned to the sea with as little injury as possible.
  5. No fish may be sold or offered for sale by the holder of a recreational fishing permit.
  6. Special note should be taken of the size, bag & area limitations with regards to kob (Argyrosomus spp.)
  7. Species not mentioned in either of these lists have a bag limit of ten provided that sharks, rays, skates or chimaeras (Class Chondrichthyes) have a bag limit of one and rockcods (Family Serranidae) have a bag limit of five.
  8. There is an overall cumulative daily bag limit of ten, irrespective of the species caught and provided that this limit does not apply to those species listed here with no bag limit, and to those with a bag limit exceeding ten.
  9. There is a closed season for elf / shad (Pomatomus saltatrix) from 1 October to 30 November in any year.
  10. There is a closed season for red steenbras (Petrus rupestris) from 1 September to 30 November in any year.
  11. There is a closed season for galjoen (Dichistius capensis) from 15 October to the last day of February in the following year.