A blue shark caught on a traditional linefishing boat in False Bay near Cape Town, South Africa.
Roman and hottentot seabream are abundant in the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area. Although South Africa’s fishing regulations are far from trouble-free, marine protected areas are proving to be the light at the end of the tunnel for the future of the country’s iconic reef fishes and its growing group of fishermen.
Roman and hottentot seabream gather around a baited underwater video system in operation. Stereo cameras allow scientists to estimate the size and age of the fish drawn to the bait.