Mado Sweep

mado sweep
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit5


possession limit10


boat limit-

Guide to symbols

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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

mado sweep, Australian mado, footballer

Scientific name

Atypichthys strigatus

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Identifying features

​This mado has a silvery white body with horizontal black stripes and a mostly yellow tail. The stripes extend the entire length of body, head and eye but are not present on the underside or tail. It has large eyes and a small mouth.


A schooling fish which is found on shallow coastal reefs or under wharves and jetties from 0-30 metres in depth. Abundant along the eastern Australian coast, mado are becoming more common in Tasmania, particularly on the north and east coasts.

Fishing information

They are not commonly caught by recreational fishers in Tasmania. May be encountered when fishing for other species using small baits and hooks.


These fish are edible though small and unlikely to be caught in any quantity in Tasmania.


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0427 655 557

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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