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.
Tasmanian perch, barber sea perch, red perch, butterfish, Tasmanian barber
Males are a yellowish to silver colour with a blue spot on each scale, blue lines on the head and a black bar on the side. Females are pinkish with a blue line below the eye. The have a distinctive small yellow eye and brilliant blue small spots along the sides. Females are sometimes confused with the closely-related butterfly perch Casioperca lepidoptera but the distinctive dark spot of that species is not present.
Barber perch form large schools and once they are in an area tend not to go away particularly if you keep feeding them. The best thing is to consider moving from the spot to more productive grounds.
These fish have sharp dorsal and anal spines.
These fish are edible giving a very small clear flesh bony fillets.
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