Pale Octopus

Octopus pale
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit5


possession limit10


boat limit-

(octopus species combined)

Guide to symbols

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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


Scientific name

Octopus pallidus

Grows to

Up to

15cm mantle length, 50cm total length and up to 1 kg

Identifying features

​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.

Fishing information

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.


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