Perch - Barber

perch barber
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit5


possession limit10


boat limit-

Guide to symbols

bagBag Limit
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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

Tasmanian perch, barber sea perch, red perch, butterfish, Tasmanian barber

Scientific name

Caesioperca rasor

Grows to

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Identifying features

​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.


These fish have sharp dorsal and anal spines.


These fish are edible giving a very small clear flesh bony fillets.


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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