Adults are the most abundant in deep waters on the continental slope with smaller fish more common on the continental shelf from 10-425 metres. Young fish are sometimes found on shallower Tasmanian reefs adjacent to deep water.
They are mostly caught in depths greater than 30 metres while fishing for striped trumpeter.
Beware of poisonous glands at the base of the dorsal, anal and ventral fins when handling or removing from the line.
Reef ocean perch have firm white flesh and a low oil content. Suitable to bake, barbeque, deep or shallow fry, grill, poach or steam.