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.
ocean perch, red gurnard perch, red rock perch, sea perch
Reef ocean perch have large pectoral fins, a notched dorsal fin and bright colouring, generally orange-pink to white. They differ from other Tasmanian gurnard perch because they have three orange to brown bands across their body and fewer spines on their cheek.
If unwanted, this fish has the best chance of survival if the line is cut to release the fish alive. Reef ocean perch may suffer barotrauma when the swim bladder of the hooked fish expands if brought up from deep water. To avoid barotrauma, bring the fish slowly to the surface. Use a release weight to return it to the sea floor if you are not retaining it. Only vent the swim bladder if you’re experienced in carrying out this procedure correctly.
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.
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