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.
rainbow shell, green necklace shell, kelp shell, rainbow kelp shell
A tiny, cone-shaped shell with a pointed apex, these sea snails can be brownish or greenish on the outside with darker striations, sometimes with a whiter apex. When polished, these beautifully coloured iridescent shells feature rainbow colours including yellows, pinks and olive green.
Predominantly used for making shell necklaces by women from Tasmania’s aboriginal community. Limit the number you collect to a few specimens to admire at home.
Maireeners are a prescribed fish under fisheries regulations which allow Aboriginal fishers to make and sell artifacts such as shell necklaces.
Found subtidally around seaweeds, especially brown macroalgae, from 0-8 metres in depth. Common around Flinders Island and on the east and north coasts.
Maireeners are most likely to be encountered as cast shells around the seashore. These multi-coloured shellfish but are small in size usually considered too small to use for food or bait.
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