Pink Ling

Ling pink
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit5


possession limit10


boat limit-

Guide to symbols

bagBag Limit
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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


Scientific name

Genypterus blacodes

Grows to

Up to

2 metres and 20 kg

Identifying features

​Pink ling has an eel-like body with brown to pink colouring along the flanks and dark brownish blotches on the body interspersed with white.  They have a barbel with twin prongs under the chin.


Pink ling are found in deep water on the continental shelf up to 1000 metres.  Young fish are found in shallower waters.

Fishing Information

Pink ling are taken by recreational fishers using droplines and rod and line, usually in deep water and often around the west coast of Tasmania.


Ling have large mouths with strong powerful jaws and teeth which can cause a serious bite.


Ling has low oil content with a mild, delicate flavour.  They can be used fresh, frozen or smoked.  Good fried and baked.  Ling produce large white tasty fillets with few bones, ideal for cooking in frypan or poached.​


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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550