Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from areas in and around Spring Bay and the Mercury Passage in South East Tasmania.
sevengill shark, seven gill shark, cowshark, Tasmanian tiger shark, broadnose
Broadnose sharks have black or sometimes white speckling on their fins and grey-brown upper body. They can also be identified by their large, thick body, broad head, blunt snout, seven pairs of gill slits and single dorsal fin. Young sharks may have white-edged fins. Teeth on the lower jaw are wider than those on the upper jaw. The small dorsal fin is near the tail.
Consider using circle hooks on longlines and droplines to avoid gut hooking of sharks. If you are using a longline and find heads of other sharks and fish left on the hooks then a broadnose shark may be in the area.
Do not take in shark refuge areas.
The dorsal and pectoral fins must remain attached to all shark until they are landed.
They live in the deep channels of bays, or in the shallower waters of the continental shelf and estuaries. Found in cooler temperate waters off Tasmania from inshore to 140 metres deep.
Broadnose sharks are most commonly hooked on longlines and droplines. As a major predator of shark species, you may hook a broadnose which has been scavenging on other sharks hooked on that same longline.
Like any large shark, this species is potentially dangerous and should be handled with care.
The flesh is good eating.
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