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.
This brown algae species has large, heavy leaf-like fronds arising from a strong holdfast.
If gathering seaweed from beaches, minimise interaction with coastal birds and other wildlife. Only gather the amount of seaweed that you are going to use. Take care not to leave plastics behind you on the beach. Recreational boaters should avoid motoring through kelp to minimise impact.
Seaweed cannot be taken in Marine Nature Reserves.
The bag limit applies for cast seaweed for private use only. Collection is only from beaches with public access. Seaweed attached to the sea floor must not be harvested.
Found at and below the low-tide level around exposed areas of the west, east and south coasts of Tasmania. Can occur up to three metres above the low tide mark and prefers areas of high wave surge. When alive, seaweeds are an important part of the marine ecosystem and cannot be cut or harvested in Tasmania. Cast seaweed is also an important micro habitat for small beach invertebrates.
Only seaweed cast on to beaches and the shoreline can be taken. Cast bull kelp is occasionally collected and used as a craft material. Collected commercially on King Island for alginate extraction.
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