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.
weedy whiting, rock whiting, grass whiting, blue rock whiting, stranger whiting, blue-arsed whiting
This weed whiting has a slender body shape with a pointed snout. They have a distinctive yellow eye and a small mouth. The male is a bright blue colour with blue fins, brown stripes and a blue area around the anus. Females and juveniles are a yellow greenish colour with a silver stripe along the side. More closely related to wrasses than the true whitings.
Only take what you need for a feed.
Found around sea grass beds and rocky reefs down to 15m in depth where it feeds on small invertebrates and algae.
Blue weed-whiting may form schools in sheltered estuaries over seagrass beds. Use a small hook and baits such as sand worms, chicken or prawns to target this species. Handling: Handle with wet hands or towel for releasing. Remove barbs from hooks to allow easy release.
Not known for its eating qualities. Some fishers prefer the taste of the sand whiting to this one which can have blue-green flesh.
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