Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from areas in and around Spring Bay and the Mercury Passage in South East Tasmania.
swell shark, nutcracker shark, rock shark, sleepy joe
Brown to grey on the back with irregular darks spots with white on the belly. The head is short and broad and there are two dorsal fins.
These sharks are an important part of the marine environment and should be returned to the water alive after capture. They tend to take fish baits well down into their stomach so consider cutting the line.
Do not take in shark refuge areas. Research suggests that gummy sharks are being heavily fished, so area restrictions to protect this species and school shark are extremely important.
The dorsal and pectoral fins must remain attached to all shark until they are landed.
This shark is found in both shallower coastal waters and deep offshore waters from 3-60 metres depth. They are common around Tasmanian reefs, and also over sand and seagrass areas.
Often considered a nuisance species by recreational fishers although there is increasing interest in it as a flake substitute. They will readily enter rock lobster pots, damaging rock lobster catch, as well as taking the baits of line fishers and becoming entangled in nets. They are hardy sharks capable of living out of water for extended periods of time.
All shark species should be handled carefully. Although draughtboard sharks have small teeth, they have a tendency to bite down on anything placed in their jaws and then rolling and twisting their body.
They produce small white fillets and can be prepared in a manner similar to flake.
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