Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from areas in and around Spring Bay and the Mercury Passage in South East 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.
Tailor are a greyish to green-blue colour on the upper body and silvery below. They have a moderately long body, a prominent lower jaw and a large forked tail fin.
Only take enough fish for your immediate needs. Log any sightings with
Tailor prefer warmer temperate waters. A pelagic, migratory species, it moves south from subtropical areas in spring when it can be found in estuaries and inshore waters on the east and west coasts of mainland Australia, then northward again in autumn.
A popular game fish caught off the southern east coast of Australia which is sometimes taken in the north of Tasmania but not commonly caught. The tailor is a voracious feeder on small fish, named for its ability to cut fishing nets and lines with its sharp teeth. In Tasmania, it tends to be found swimming with Australian salmon schools.
Handle cautiously as tailor may bite an unwary hand.
Tasty eating. The flesh tends to go soft once frozen and thawed.
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