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.
common Sydney octopus
This large octopus has a grey to mottled brown body with orange to red colouration under the arm. The iris of the eyes is normally white which tends to distinguish this species from other local octopuses. It can raise large rounded projections on its skin. The female of this species has been known to cannibalise the male following mating.
If you intend to keep the octopus, kill it as soon as possible. The quickest way is to cut the hood from the arms. Log any sightings of this range-extended species with Redmap.
They cannot be taken by a specialised octopus pot or trap.
Found around reef areas from 0-50 in depth.
The gloomy octopus is a relatively new species in Tasmania where it can be found hiding in caves and crevices. It can be caught by recreational fishers in a similar manner to other octopus species including by hand, gaff, line, net, bait trap or in rock lobster pots and rings.
Octopus are very strong animals even when relatively small. Be cautious when handling any octopus as they will instinctively latch onto your body and be difficult to dislodge. The mouth or beak at the centre point of the arms can inflict a painful bite.
Octopus has low oil content and a delicious mild flavour. Its texture is similar to squid but denser. Most cooks prefer to tenderise it, then skin it. Suitable to bake, barbecue, fry and simmer.
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