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.
porcupine fish, puffer fish
Globefish have an oval shaped body covered in spines that usually lie flat except near the tail. They are a greenish blue colour on the back and white underneath with yellow to green fins. They will inflate themselves with air or water on capture causing the spines to stand out from the body as a defensive weapon against predators.
If you catch a globefish, use a dehooker or pliers to remove the hook, or cut the line over the water without landing or handling it. Their strong beak-like teeth which they grind on capture will damage fishing line, and hooks may need to be retied.
Globefish are normally solitary in Tasmania, preferring shallow seagrass beds and sandy bottom down to 50 metres. They will occasionally venture out over reefs in search of food.
These fish are poisonous. They are not targeted by recreational fishers, rather usually an unwanted bycatch that take baits and lures destined for other species. If small hooks are used, it is likely any catching of a globefish will result in gut hooking. Being larger than other toad fish, they will tend to give an indication of a slow bite on rod and line though often after they have consumed your bait and hook.
There should be no reason to retain this fish at all because it is poisonous to eat and covered with sharp pointed spines. If their spines are inflated, handle very carefully or preferably not at all.
Poisonous. Do not eat.
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