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Varieties Fillet/steak, smoked
Packaging Packaged in plastic filtered trays, cardboard boxes, and plastic bags. 400g, 500g,1kg,1.5 kg, 10kg
Size 1m-4m, 150-600kgs
Availability All year
Storage conditions Stored chilled or refrigerated
Transportation conditions It requires refrigeration during transportation

South Africa swordfish make up for 21% of the total caught in the world. Swordfish, alternatively known as broadbill, Xiphias gladius is an oceanic fish. They are the only member of the xiphidea species in existence, and their harvesting can be traced back to the 338 BC in the Mediterranean. They inhabit the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. Swordfish feeds on pelagic fish and other invertebrates. 


In South Africa swordfishing is managed by Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMO’s) among them CCSBT, IOTC and ICCAT. The fishing is regulated by Total Allowable Effort (TAE) whereby a limit is laid out on rights holders with South Africa having 200 holders. Only 1200 tonnes of swordfish are allowed annually.


Spawning among swordfish happens all year round in different parts of the ocean. Fertilization of eggs occurs close to the surface at depths of about 75M. A large mature female produces about 29million at a go.


 Swordfish are known to migrate from cold to warm waters depending on seasons for feeding. These fish can also migrate to different altitudes of about 2000M. The swordfish is of high commercial value found in temperate and tropical waters. In South African swordfish is caught by use of long lines with baited hooks.


Swordfish has a broad rostrum (sword-like feature). Swordfish has a length of about 4.45M and weighs between 450kg and 650kg. Adult females are usually larger than males. Males attain their full size at 9years while females take 15years to reach a maximum size. The life span of a swordfish is 25years maturing at ages of 4-5years. They are also highly adaptive having the ability to live in both cold waters of 5°C and warm waters of 27°C.


In South Africa, fishers make use of pelagic longline. They are covered in baits and suspended at different levels in the waters covering several kilometres. The disadvantage of this fishing method is the number of catches amounting to 28%. To minimize the chances of catching threatened species like sharks that mostly go to waste. Smaller-scale fishing employ fishing harpoons and driftnets. However, these are traditional fishing methods.


Fish is very nutritious and highly recommended for consumption over red meat. Swordfish is explicitly an oily fish. The fish is gutted at sea and commonly sold as steak due to their large sizes and others grilled.  Just like any other fish type, refrigeration is mandatory for preservation.  


For export, the fish is chilled or frozen. The fish is in other cases, chunked and smoked for exportation to African countries. Some of the importers of South Africa swordfish include the European Union and the United States.


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