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.
Sandy brown in colour with a round, dome shaped mantle or body and short arms. Covered in raised skin fingers on head and body.
They cannot be taken by a specialised octopus pot or trap.
Found on sandy, rubbly substrates often near sponge gardens in depths from 10-40 metres. Occurs in Bass Strait, down the east coast and as far south as the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
Octopus are usually taken by hand, gaff, line, net, bait trap or in rock lobster pots and rings. This species is often taken as a bycatch when line fishing for flathead.
Handle with caution as octopus have a mouth or beak at the centre point of its arms that can inflict a painful bite.
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