African Pompano

The ‍African ‍pompano,⁤ scientifically known as Alectis ciliaris, ‌is a species of⁣ fish belonging to the Carangidae family.

Conservation Status

The African pompano’s current ⁣conservation ‍status is listed as ‘Least Concern’ by ‌the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Efforts to conserve the species ⁤include monitoring populations, controlling fishing ⁣practices ​and ensuring habitat protection.


Length80 cm50-120 ⁤cm
Weight5 kg3-8 kg
Average⁢ Lifespan15 years 


The African pompano is widely distributed across the world.‌ Notable regions include the Indo-Pacific, Atlantic ocean,⁤ and Gulf of Mexico. There’s no specific migration pattern ‌attributed to the species.


African pompanos are found in tropical and subtropical‍ waters. They prefer a depth range of 20 to 200 meters, ​tolerating a wide temperature range.

When and⁣ Where to ⁤See

While there’s no specific seasonal pattern attributed to‌ the fish, the ​best time⁢ to spot an African Pompano is during dusk‌ and dawn.

Best Fishing Locations and Tips

Top fishing locations for African⁢ pompanos ‍include Hawaii, Florida, and ⁣the Gulf of Mexico. If you can’t head to these hotspots, general advice is to look for them in clear, warm, and deeper waters around reefs and‌ wrecks.

How to Catch

Using live bait or lures⁢ like jigs and spoons is recommended. Techniques such as trolling⁣ and bottom fishing work ⁢best. Fishing is productive throughout‍ the day, with peaks during early morning and late evening.

Identification Guide

African pompanos are typically ⁤silver-blue in ‌color, ⁣have a rounded ‍body with elongated dorsal and anal fin lobes in juveniles, ‌and have small scales that progressively get smaller towards their tail. They are commonly mistaken for the threadfin jack and⁤ permit but are distinguished by their larger, more angular body.


African ⁢pompanos are considered a delicacy, known for their mild, buttery ‍taste and firm texture. It’s important⁤ to ​clean ‍and cook the fish thoroughly to avoid ​any potential toxins. ​While‍ they‌ can be⁤ used in various recipes, grilling and braising ​are popular‍ methods.

Additional Information

African pompanos are predatory‍ fish, feeding‍ primarily on crabs ⁤and small fishes. They ⁤face threats ‌from larger aquatic ‍predators ‌and overfishing. The species doesn’t particularly stand out in​ cultural or ​historical significance.

References and Further Reading

For more detailed information on the African pompano, these sources are recommended:

1. IUCN Red List -‌ Alectis ciliaris
2. FishBase – African​ Pompano
3. Florida Museum – African​ Pompano