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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

hapuka, hapuka cod, longnose hapuka, groper, Bass groper, New Zealand groper, deepwater rock perch, deepwater rock cod

Scientific name

Polyprion oxygeneios

Grows to

Up to

1.5m and 80kg

Identifying features

​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.


Most commonly found near rocky outcrops in waters between 100-500m in depth.

Fishing information

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.


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

Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

Email: fishing.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au