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.
macrocystis, bladder kelp
Giant kelp is the largest known species of brown algae. It is recognised by its sheer size and the rope-like stipes or stems which connect to floating fronds. This kelp attaches to the substrate by a large 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.
Giant kelp attaches to rocky substrates in depths between 5-35 metres and can form kelp forests with dense canopies at the surface. It is an important part of the marine ecosystem, providing both a structural habitat and food for marine invertebrates and fishes. Cast seaweed is also an important micro habitat for small beach invertebrates. Found mainly on the east and south east coasts of Tasmania.
When alive, it cannot be cut or harvested in Tasmania. Only seaweed cast on to beaches and the shoreline can be taken.
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