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.
round wedge shell, little wedge shell, elongate wedge shell
Paphies cuneata, Paphies elongata, Paphies erycinaea, Anapella cycladea
This category covers several species of small bivalve shells known as wedge shells. Widespread and common, their colouration ranges from white (P. cuneata and A. cycladea) to brown (P. elongate and P. erycinaea).
Don’t over deplete areas on your local beach.
Lives intertidally in sand and mud in sheltered and moderately exposed shores.
Wedge shells are the most numerous of bivalves washed up on Tasmanian beaches. Sometimes collected to use as decorations around the home and garden. Known to leave lines and marks in the sand when they move. Can also be used as bait.
Follow any public health alerts relating to eating wild shellfish - refer to the Department of Health and Human Services at https://www.publichealthalerts.tas.gov.au or phone their hotline on 1800 671 738. Do not consume shellfish from the Tamar or Derwent estuaries.
Larger wedge shells can be eaten but need to be purged.
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