Conger Eel

Eel conger
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit5


possession limit10


boat limit-

Guide to symbols

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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

short-finned conger-eel, southern conger eel

Scientific name

Conger verreauxii

Grows to

Up to

2m and 20kg

Identifying features

​A large eel with black colouration above and pale underneath. The dorsal fin begins above the tip of the pectoral fin.


Found on sheltered and moderately exposed reef from 0 to 80 metres. During the day it remains hidden in caves with its tail often protruding. Known for being nocturnally active when it hunts and feeds.

Fishing information

Sometimes taken as a bycatch in rock lobster pots.


Has a fearsome reputation amongst fishers as it can appear aggressive when caught in rock lobster pots. Becomes calmer if left in the pot for a while and can then be removed gently.


Dry, flaky white flesh. This eel has an excellent flavour although is not commonly eaten in Tasmania. High in oil and delicious when smoked. It also has excellent keeping qualities. Remove the skin and cut into segments. Suitable to bake, use in pates and soups or smoke.


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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550