Species: Seriolina nigrofasciata
Family: Carangidae (Jacks and pompanos)
Other common/local names: Blackbanded Trevally, Kingfish, Aji-aji, Pisang-Pisang, Temenong, Bak Hu, Ewe Karm.
Though not a giant, the blackbanded amberjack nevertheless lives-up to big brother, the greater amberjack’s reputation by giving a good fight on light-medium tackle.
Max length 70cm. Common length 40cm. Max. published weight: 5.2kg
Reef-associated; marine; brackish; depth range 20 – 150m
The Blackbanded Amberjack can be found throughout most warm coastal waters including Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Japan and Australia. Southeast Atlantic: southeast coast of South Africa.
Mainly in offshore reefs on rocky bottoms. Non-schooling. Juveniles under weed rafts and adults are sometimes seen with the large planktivores such as whale sharks.
Feeds on fish, cephalopods, and shrimp. Excellent food fish; marketed fresh and also dried salted.
A commercially important species seen in the markets, usually in small numbers and fetches a high price.