Sea Mullet

Mullet sea
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit15


possession limit30


boat limit-

(mullet species combined)

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boatBoat Limit

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

bully, bully mullet, river mullet, mullet

Scientific name

Mugil cephalus

Grows to

Up to

79cm and 8kg

Identifying features

​The sea mullet varies in colour from bluish grey on the upper back and flanks with the lower flanks and belly area more silver in colour if caught in inshore waters, to brownish olive with whiter belly area if from estuaries. They have large gelatinous eyelids and a bluish spot at the base of the pectoral fin.


Found in sand, mud and reef areas in estuaries and inshore waters of 0-20 metres depth. Less common in Tasmania than the yelloweye mullet.

Fishing information

The largest of the mullets in Australia, sea mullet is not a common catch in Tasmania.


Not traditionally popular due to their strong flavour, but should be valued for their oily flesh. Good as skinless fillets.


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


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