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.
short-finned conger-eel, southern conger eel
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.
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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