Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from areas in and around Spring Bay and the Mercury Passage in South East Tasmania.
Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.
bluebait, blue bait, blue sardine, sprat
A small fish with a long, narrow body. It is dark blue above with silvery flanks and a pair of dark blue streaks near the centre of the tail fin. It has a short based dorsal fin right above the pelvic fin and a deeply forked tail fin.
The catch limit applies to the bait fish group which includes anchovies, hardyheads, sprats and sardines. Care must be taken not to target large schools as these fish die quickly when trapped resulting in fish being wasted.
The blue sprat is a small mid-water species that occurs in bays, inlets and coastal waters. Usually an inshore schooling fish, it is also found around shallow offshore reefs in depths from 0-50 metres.
May be taken with a cast net, beach seine or bait net. This species is often used as bait by recreational anglers. It is preyed upon by larger, pelagic fishes, marine mammals and seabirds.
Will shed scales and die quickly when taken out of the water so should be chilled rapidly to prevent deterioration.
These small fish can be eaten deep fried or grilled, gutted and gilled with the head on or off.
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