© 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

silver gemfish, king barracouta, deepsea kingfish, barraconda, hake

Scientific name

Rexea solandri

Grows to

Up to

1.2m and 10kg

Identifying features

​Gemfish have a moderately elongate body coloured blue to bronze on the top and silver below which turns to blueish purple when landed. They have a large spot at the beginning of dorsal fin. They have a large mouth with fang-like teeth toward the front.


Found in waters of 100 to 1000 metres in waters surrounding Tasmania.

Fishing information

This bottom dwelling fish is likely to be encountered by recreational fishers when droplining or using electric reels in deep water.


These fish have some very sharp canine teeth and dorsal spines which should be respected even when the fish is dead.


Gemfish produce large white fillets with a delicate flavour which are excellent eating when grilled, baked, fried or steamed.
Recipe: Great as kebabs made by placing diced cubes on skewers. Baste with marinade and cook on the barbeque.


Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

0427 655 557

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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