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Season: Open all year

bag limit5


possession limit10


boat limit-

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Minimum size


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.

Other names

cockney bream, red bream, squire, old man, pink snapper, pinkie

Scientific name

Pagrus auratus

Grows to

Up to

1.3m and 20kg

Identifying features

​Snapper are pink in colour and when adult have a hump-headed appearance. The hump develops in both sexes but is more prominent in males. The top, tail and side fins are pink and the bottom fins are pale pink to white. Juvenile snapper possess numerous blue spots over the body.


Young snapper occur in open water over the continental shelf and then enter bays and estuaries when about 1 cm in length. Adults are found on both deeper offshore reefs and inshore reefs, estuaries, bays and beaches. They are a bottom dwelling fish that feeds around reefs and in deep holes.

Fishing information

Snapper is probably the most prized reef fish caught in southern and south eastern Australian waters. They can be tough fighters because when hooked, they run hard and deep with the line back to their reef. Snapper form schools in shallow water to spawn when water temperatures pass 18°C. Their growth is slow, many of the larger fish being over 20 years old. Usually taken using a paternoster rig with fresh bait strips.


Snapper is a mild to medium sweet flavoured fish, with firm white flesh and a low oil content. They are easy to fillet because the bones are large and easily removed. A very versatile fish which can be pan fried, barbequed, grilled or broiled, steamed and baked.


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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550