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.
A small ray with distinctive stripes and bars on the upper body. The tail is short, not whip-like but with a rounded tail fin. It has a stinging spine.
Do not take in shark refuge areas.
Common in bays and estuaries down to 160 metres deep. This ray spends most of its time buried in sand and mud but can occasionally be seen around shallow areas of wharves and jetties swimming near the surface.
Not normally targeted by recreational fishers. Can be caught on rod and line using fish flesh for bait. More commonly seen during beach seine fishing at night.
Care needs to be taken in removing this stingaree from beach seine nets as it may lift its venomous tail spine and cause a spike to unwary fishers.
Not normally eaten.
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