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.
nannygai, Eastern nannygai, golden snapper, red snapper, king snapper, koarea
The redfish has a moderately short, compressed body shape and a large mouth and eyes. It is orangey-red in colour with silver flanks with small red-pink spots on the centre scales that form stripes. There is a single dorsal fin and the tail fin is deeply forked. Commonly confused with the imperador, it can be distinguished by its narrower body shape, the colouring on the central scales and the tail shape.
Only take what you need for a feed particularly if you encounter a large school of feeding fish.
Redfish are found in depths from 4-150 metres, mainly around northern Tasmania. Adults tending to be found in deeper waters hiding in caves and other structures like wrecks during the day. They form dense schools at night feeding midwater. Juveniles are known to enter large estuaries then move offshore as they mature.
Usually encountered when fishing for other deep water species or seen by divers above steeply sloping reefs.
Take care when handling this fish as the dorsal and anal fins have sharp spines.
These fish have small fillets with firm white flesh and are good eating although they tend to have a lot of bones.
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