Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from the area in and around the White Beach and Nubeena region located on the Tasman Peninsula in South East Tasmania.
Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from the area in and around Gardners Bay and Port Cygnet in Southern 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.
broadbill swordfish, broadbill, broad-billed swordfish, sword
Broadbill swordfish have an elongated round body with purple to black colouring along the back, a whiter underbelly and a silvery sheen along the flanks. They can be recognised by their large sickle shaped dorsal fin and a prominent sword shaped bill. Swordfish have the amazing ability, by way of a complex net of arteries and veins in their eyes and brain, to keep these organs up to 15 degrees warmer than surrounding waters to assist the fish focus on prey capture.
These are very strong, powerful fish and fishers have been injured when hit by the bill which the fish will use in a defensive swiping motion. You can expect a long hard fight when a swordfish is hooked so use a good standard of fishing gear capable of targeting these large gamefish. Cooling is recommended using an ice slurry.
Found outside the continental shelf tending to prefer seamounts and areas around sea upwelling. Rarely found in shallow coastal waters.
A recreational fishery for this highly valued, migratory species has emerged in Tasmania in recent years. They are found from the surface to 600 metres in depth but will frequent surface waters during times of full moon. They prefer squid baits but will also take fish and well-presented squid type lures drifted in deep water.
These large fish produce tasty, creamy coloured oily flesh which are best cooked in steaks. Do not over-cook as the flesh will become tough and dry. Barbecuing imparts additional flavours. Swordfish can bioaccumulate high levels of methylmercury so Food Standards Australia recommend restrictions on the amount of swordfish eaten.
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