SASSI

Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (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.

South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI)

SASSI works with consumers, large fishing companies, subsistence fishers, marine scientists, government, consumers, retail partners, restaurants, and other environmental NGOs to ensure sustainable use of our Marine fish resources.

SASSI also offers the FISHMS service through an app or text message.
You can use this to ask pertinent questions when you buy fish/seafood or eat at a restaurant.
Type the name of the fish / seafood into a text message and send it to 079-499-8795 to receive information on the status of that species.

As consumers we can choose sustainable seafood using the SASSI colour-coded seafood guide.
The SASSI website provides a list and pictures of each species concerned (see link under Additional Information).

Email: sassi@wwf.org.za
‚ÄčAddress:
1st Floor, Bridge House
Boundary Terraces
Mariendahl Lane
Newlands
Cape Town


GREEN
This is the group from which consumers are encouraged to choose, as it contains the most sustainable choices from the healthiest and most well-managed populations. These species can handle current fishing pressure.


ORANGE
This group includes species that have associated reasons for concern, either because the species is depleted as a result of overfishing and cannot sustain current fishing pressure, or the fishery that catches them may cause particularly severe environmental damage and/or has high bycatch, or the lifestyle of the species makes it vulnerable to high fishing pressure.
Consumers are encouraged to think twice and consider the implications of these choices.


RED
This group includes both unsustainable species, which are from collapsed populations or have extreme environmental concerns and/or lack appropriate management, and species that are illegal to buy or sell in South Africa (no-sale species).
These species should never be bought by consumers. Fish highlighted in bold in this category are illegal to sell in South Africa.

 

Key to symbols used in lists:

Symbol Description:


Species appears on more than one list (as it is caught by multiple fishing sectors)

Fishery improvement projects underway
Specially protected species that re not allowed to be taken out of the ocean at all

 

GREEN LIST ORANGE LIST RED LIST
Abalone    Albacore Tuna 
Abalone   
Albacore Tuna  Anchovy  Argentine Hake
Anchovy  Argentine Shortfin Squid 
Baardman
Angelfish
Atlantic Salmon
Banded Galjoen
Argentine Shortfin Squid 
Baby Clam
Bigeye Tuna 
Atlantic Mackerel
Bigeye Tuna  Biscuit Skate
Black MusselBlue Shark
Black Musselcracker
Blue Mussel
Cape Dory
Blacktail
Cape Hope Squid Cape Gurnard Blood Snapper
Cape Rock Oyster  Cape Horse Mackerel Bluefin Tuna
Carpenter  Cape Rock Oyster  Blue Swimmer Crab
Chilean Blue Mussel Carpenter 
Brindle Bass Rockcod
Deep-Water Cape Hake   Catface Rockcod
Bronze Bream
Dorado 
Cold Water PrawnCape Knifejaw
Dusky Kob 
Common Smooth-hound Shark Cape Stumpnose
East Coast Spiny Lobster 
Dorado  Chilean Hake
European Flying Squid East Coast Sole Chilean Hoki
Green-lipped Mussel
Elf  Chub Mackerel
Herring Englishman
Common Smooth-hound Shark 
Hottentot
European Pilchard Dageraad
Jumbo Flying SquidHarders
Dorado 
Kingklip 
Herring 
Dusky Kob 
King Mackerel 
Japanese Flying SquidEast Coast Spiny Lobster 
Mediterranean Mussel
Kingklip 
Elf 
MonkfishNamibian Hake Escolar/ Ribbonfish
New Zealand Ling
Octopus
Galjoen
Pacific Oyster
Panga Seabream 
Garrick
Pantagonian Squid  Pantagonian Squid 
Geelbek
Peruvian ScallopsPortuguese SardineGreat White Shark
Queen Mackerel
Red Drum
Jacopever
Rainbow Trout
Red Roman
Janbruin
Red-eye Round Herring Santer 
Kiddy Shrimp
Shallow-water Cape Hake
Sardine (Pilchard) King Fish
Skipjack Tuna 
Skipjack Tuna 
King Mackerel 
Slinger 
Soupfin Shark  Langoustine
SnoekSprat Natal Stumpnose
Sprat  Swordfish  Natal Wrasse
White Mussel
White-edged Rockod  Peruvian Hake
Yellowfin Tuna Whiteleg Shrimp Pink Prawn
Yellowtail
Yellow-belly Rockcod Potato Bass Rockcod

Yellowfin Tuna  Red Steenbras
    Red Stumpnose

  River Snapper

  Santer
    Sawfish
    Scotsman
    Senegalese Tonguesole
    Seventy-four
    Shortfin Mako Shark
    Silver Kob
    Skipjack Tuna 
    Slinger 
    Soupfin Shark 
    Spotted Grunter
    Springer
    Squaretail Kob
    St Joseph Shark
    Stonebream
    Striped Catshark
    Twineye Skate
    West Coast Rock Lobster 
    West Coast Steenbrass
  White-edged Rockcod
    Whiteleg Shrimp 
    White Musselcracker
    White Steenbras
  White Stumpnose
    Yellowtail Amberjack
    Zebra


Additional Information

SASSI Website

SASSI

SASSI Species Pictures

SASSI

Download the SASSI App:

SASSI App

SASSI Pocket Guide 2016:

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