Travel Photo of the Day: Bokkoms in South Africa

Bokkoms come from the Weskus region of South Africa
Staff Writer

One of the delicacies of the Western coast of South Africa is a bokkom, or a salted and dried southern mullet fish (also known as a harder). Originating in the fishing villages of the Weskus region of South Africa, bokkoms are traditionally hung out to dry in large and cascading bunches.

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As it turns out, however, the southern mullets harvested to make bokkom have previously been listed on the WWF’s orange list indicating a "reason for concern, either because the species is depleted as a result of overfishing and cannot sustain current fishing pressure, or because the fishing or farming method poses harm to the environment and/or the biology of the species makes it vulnerable to high fishing pressure."

This status is currently under revision, but until collected data reflects an improvement in southern mullet stocks, the WWF suggests that consumers choose "a green-listed species like horse mackerel or anchovy (which has a similar salty taste)." If one insists on eating traditional bokkom, they can limit their intake to special occasions.

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