Records kept meticulously by the Natal North Coast Angling Club for a number of years showed conclusively that fewer and smaller elf (Pomatomus saltatrix) were being caught in their fortnightly competitions. The anglers realised that the elf were in need of protection, and asked for some sort of control on the catching of these fish. A commission of inquiry called the Smith Committee was appointed in 1980 to look into the matter. The Committee recommended that catching of elf be prohibited during their breeding season from September to November; that during the rest of the year there should be a daily bag limit of four fish per angler, and that the sale of elf be completely prohibited. Thanks to the strict enforcement of regulations based on the Smith Committee’s recommendations, more large elf are now being caught, and the populations along our entire coast have increased.