White Seabream

Diplodus sargus


Generally caught using various hook and line techniques and most are done in artisanal fisheries. In Malta it is mostly caught using trammel nets or long lines.


The white seabream is available throughout the year.


The white seabream is said to be a protogynous hermaphrodite meaning it starts out as a female and usually changes into a male as it gets older.

It has jaws strong enough to crush mollusc shells which form part of its diet.

Two US navy submarines have been named USS Sargo after the fish.

Our suggestion

Legislation states that white seabream under 23cm should not be caught. While most methods used to catch white seabream have relatively little negative consequences, indicators show that this species is in decline. Due to this lack of data, fish for tomorrow suggest you eat in moderation.