Blue Weed-Whiting

blue weed whiting
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

bag limit15


possession limit30


boat limit-

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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

weedy whiting, rock whiting, grass whiting, blue rock whiting, stranger whiting, blue-arsed whiting

Scientific name

Haletta semifasciata

Grows to

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Identifying features

​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.


Found around sea grass beds and rocky reefs down to 15m in depth where it feeds on small invertebrates and algae.

Fishing information

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.


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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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