Endangered Species Identification

Endangered Species

There are a number of factors which contribute towards the endangerment and even extinction of certain animals and species all around the world.
From habitat loss to overfishing, human activities have been detrimental to ecosystems and the natural environment as a whole for quite some time now. It is important for us to be aware of the impacts that our actions have and to become more conscious in our thoughts and activities. We need to take responsibility for the devastation that has occurred before us and take action to prevent any further harm being done. It is important to familiarise yourself with the species that are in desperate need of our help and attention! By understanding WHO to help, we can learn HOW to help!

Let’s start with our plates.

With the help of SASSI (South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative), us as consumers are able to make conscious and sustainable seafood purchases. SASSI has developed guidelines which use GREEN, ORANGE and RED to indicate the sustainability of seafood. Not only do they take fish populations and fishing methods into account but the various social implications and the transportation process too.

Healthy fish populations and sustainable fishing methods


There are concerns that fish populations cannot handle fishing pressure and or fishing methods are damaging to the environment


Fish populations are critically threatened, if not collapsed. These are ‘no sell’ species and should also be respected by recreational anglers

A look at South Africa’s Endangered Marine Life

(SASSI Red List Species)


(Umbrina spp.)


Banded galjoen
(Dichistius multifasciatus)


Black musselcracker
(Cymatoceps nasutus)


White musselcracker
(Sparodon durbanensis)


Bronze bream
(Pachymetopon grande)


Brindle bass rockcod
(Epinephilus lanceolatus)


(Pristis spp.)


(Lichia amia)


(Chrysoblephus cristiceps)


(Dichistius capensis)


Dusky kob
(Argyrosomus japonicus)


(Lepidocybium flavobrunneum)



(Helicolenus dactylopterus)


(Gymnocrotaphus curvidens)


King fish
(Carangiodes spp.)


Natal knifejaw
(Oplegnathus robinsoni)


Natal stumpnose
(Rhabdosargus sarba)


Natal wrasse
(Anchichoerops natalensis)


Potato bass rockcod
(Epinephelus tukula)


Red steenbras
(Petrus rupestris)


Red stumpnose
(Chrysoblephus gibbiceps)


Seventy- four 
(Polysteganus undulosus)


Short-fin mako
(Isurus oxyrinchus)


Silver kob
(Argyrosomus inodorus)


Spotted grunter 
(Pomadasys commersonni)


(Elops machnata)


Squaretail kob
(Argyromus thorpei)


St Jospeh shark
(Callorhinchus capensis)


Red roman  
(Chrysoblephus laticeps)


Striped catshark 
(Poroderma africanum)


Twineye skate
(Raja miraletus)


West Coast steenbrass
(Lithognathus aureti)


White stumpnose
(Rhabdosargus globiceps)


West Coast rock lobster
(Jasus lalandii)


White spotted smooth-hound
(Mustelus palumbes)


White steenbras 
(Lithognathus lithognathus)


(Diplodus curvinus hottentotus )


Great white shark
(Carcharodon carcharias)


Biscuit skate
(Raja straeleni)


Common smooth-hound 
(Mustelus mustelus)


Two Oceans Aquarium goes into further detail of each red list species and why they are threatened.

Lets see this in a quick overview:

Fish Stocks worldwide are currently overexploited
Fish Stocks are fully exploited
Fish Stocks are totally depleted
Estimated Fish stocks worldwide that have already reached capacity