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.
hapuka, hapuka cod, longnose hapuka, groper, Bass groper, New Zealand groper, deepwater rock perch, deepwater rock cod
This large, long-lived fish has an oblong shaped body with a large head and mouth. Its colouring is dark steel grey above, blue on the dorsal flank and off white on the underside.
Consider taking only one or two of these large fish, sufficient for personal needs. If using a dropline on a GPS marked outcrop you may want to reduce hook numbers to avoid catching more hapuku than the catch limit allows.
Most commonly found near rocky outcrops in waters between 100-500m in depth.
Hapuku are taken using electric reels and droplines as either a target species or as a bycatch whilst fishing for blue eye trevalla.
These fish are large and powerful and have sharp dorsal spines and large mouth.
The flesh is excellent eating.
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