Longsnout Boarfish

Boarfish longsnout
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit2


possession limit4


boat limit-

Limits apply to boarfish species combined.

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Minimum size


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.

Other names

boarfish, striped boarfish, diamondfish, duckfish

Scientific name

Pentaceropsis recurvirostris

Grows to

Up to

50cm and 4.5kg

Identifying features

​Longsnout boarfish are short, deep-bodied fish characterised by 2-3 black diagonal bars across their silvery-white sides. They have a long, tubular snout and large thick lips. Their dorsal and pectoral fins are long and black-edged.


No spearing.


They are commonly found around sheltered inshore reefs drifting around caves and crevices in depths from 2-260 metres. Boarfish may be territorial over small areas of reef and can confront divers who enter these areas. This behaviour makes them susceptible to spearing resulting in concern about stock levels leading to the prohibition on this method of capture.

Fishing information

Mainly taken in gillnets and rarely caught on a line due to their very small mouth. Their diet consists of small invertebrates including crustaceans and marine worms.


The dorsal spines can cause a painful wound, so take care removing fish entangled in a net or when cleaning this fish.


Boarfish are good eating with white, firm and tasty flesh.

Recipe: Pan Fried Boarfish:

1 kg boarfish fillets; 3 cloves garlic, crushed; lime or lemon rind, finely chopped; ½ cup olive oil; salt and pepper; fresh thyme or other herb if preferred.

Mix ingredients together and marinate boarfish for 20 minutes. Preheat pan to hot, then add olive oil and sear boarfish for 2-3 minutes each side. Remove pan with boarfish in it and allow to stand in the oven or under foil for 3-5 minutes.


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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

Email: fishing.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au