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).
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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.
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.
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:
|Species appears on more than one list (as it is caught by multiple fishing sectors)|
|Fishery improvement projects underway|
|GREEN LIST||ORANGE LIST||RED LIST|
|Albacore Tuna||Anchovy||Argentine Hake|
|Anchovy||Argentine Shortfin Squid
|Argentine Shortfin Squid
||Bigeye Tuna||Biscuit Skate
|Black Mussel||Blue Shark
|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
||Cold Water Prawn||Cape Knifejaw
||Common Smooth-hound Shark||Cape Stumpnose
|East Coast Spiny Lobster
|European Flying Squid||East Coast Sole||Chilean Hoki
||Common Smooth-hound Shark
|Jumbo Flying Squid||Harders
||Japanese Flying Squid||East Coast Spiny Lobster|
|Monkfish||Namibian Hake||Escolar/ Ribbonfish
|New Zealand Ling
|Pantagonian Squid||Pantagonian Squid
|Peruvian Scallops||Portuguese Sardine||Great White Shark|
|Red-eye Round Herring||Santer
|Shallow-water Cape Hake
||Sardine (Pilchard)||King Fish
||White-edged Rockod||Peruvian Hake
|Yellowfin Tuna||Whiteleg Shrimp||Pink Prawn|
||Yellow-belly Rockcod||Potato Bass Rockcod
|Yellowfin Tuna||Red Steenbras|
|Shortfin Mako Shark
|St Joseph Shark
|West Coast Rock Lobster
|West Coast Steenbrass