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Varieties Southern cuttlefish,Common cuttlefish,Giant cuttlefish,Mourning cuttlefish,Needle cuttlefish
Packaging Packaged in plastic filtered trays, cardboard boxes, and plastic bags,1,5 and 10kgs
Size 15-25cm, 3-10kgs
Availability All year
Storage conditions Stored chilled or refrigerated
Transportation conditions It requires refrigeration during transportation
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South Africa cuttlefish is under the Cephalopoda class of living organisms. It is also known as Inkfish. For this reason, it is not an actual fish but molluscs. South African waters house more than six species of the cuttlefish. They include Southern cuttlefish (Sepia australis) and Common cuttlefish (Sepia vermiculata), Giant cuttlefish (Sepia apama) Mourning cuttlefish (Sepia plan on), Needle cuttlefish (Sepia Sepia). However, there are close to one hundred cuttlefish species in the world.


Cuttlefish lives in Southwestern Africa waters: that means the fish is found around central Mozambique and Cape of South Africa. The South Africa cattle fish inhabits reefs in shallow waters, river mouths, estuaries, and lagoons with a maximum depth of 300M when breeding during spring and summer. During the winter season, they move deep sea up to 1000M. 


South Africa cuttlefish grow to a maximum length of 50cm but common species are between 15 and 25cm weighing 3 to 10 kilograms. The organism has an inner shell (cuttlebone). The shell is porous, helping in maintaining buoyancy. They mainly feed on small fish and crustaceans by use of their tentacles. Their life span is a maximum of two years with females dying shortly after laying eggs. 


South Africa cuttlefish are known to move very fast and use ink for defence. The mollusc lives in temperate and tropical oceans. They mainly reproduce by laying eggs along ledges or coral heads. The cuttlefish change their colour (camouflage) depending on the environment for survival.


The largest importers of cuttlefish are Spain and Italy. The product is exported either frozen or prepared. The quality of cuttlefish depends on texture and appearance. When raw, the flesh colour is white and translucent. Quality cuttlefish have patches of iridescence on intact skin. The texture of the flesh firm not slimy but firm and elastic. 


Fishing mainly involves the use of traps, nets and edging. The use of cuttlefish is diverse. The flesh is eaten, and the cuttlebone is a source of calcium for other animals. Their ink is also used in flavour and colouring. The cuttlefish contains proteins, zinc, calcium, potassium, vitamin C, selenium, copper, phosphorus, iron, vitamin B12 and riboflavin. It is very high in cholesterol and sodium. 


Cuttlefish for export is in Individual Quick Frozen (IQF) fillets, rings, strips, tubes, and whole round. The product is packaged in plastic filtered trays, cardboard boxes, and plastic bags. The packaging weight ranges from 400g and 1000g. Packaging of preserved cuttlefish is in 200 to 500 grams. For a large scale, the packaging is in 1,5 and 10kgs. 


Proper labelling applies as per the importer’s regulations and requirements. The transportation of the product is by air to markets which include Mozambique, Austria, France, China, USA and Japan. 


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