Beware of the sharp dorsal and anal spines of bream when handling them. The various species of bream found throughout the Asia- Pacific region have similar brain locations.
To maximise their eating qualities they should be killed humanely by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.
- Goldsilk bream have grey/black sides. The dorsal and anal fins of this species are grey/black and have very stout spines.
- Bream are a group of estuarine fishes which are relatively slow growing, and long lived.
- They feed mainly on invertebrates including worms, molluscs, crustaceans, echinoderms, but also feed on small fishes.
- This species is one of the larger seabreams, growing to nearly 90 cm long and over 3 kg.
- This species is found in tropical estuaries throughout the Indo-West Pacific region, from the Indian Ocean including east Africa (South Africa, Mozambique), the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Fish Size Common Length:
25-35 cm (10-14 inches), Maximum size around 90 cm (36 inches) and 3.2 kg (7 pounds)