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.
The largest of the whitings, easily recognised by the dark spotted pattern, often in rows, along the long, slender body. Light brown to brownish black above and silvery belly. The scales are small and the tail fin yellow.
In recent years, King George whiting have increased in number and distribution in Tasmanian waters. Log any sightings with Redmap.
Found around Australia’s southern coast, including in lower numbers in Tasmania, mainly in north and north-eastern waters. Young fish are found around shallow, sheltered areas in large estuaries close to seagrass beds and adults in deeper offshore waters up to 25 metres, often near reefs.
King George whiting are often caught during the day, indicating that they are visual feeders. They have small mouths used to feeding on worms and small crustaceans, so readily take baits such as pipis, marine worms, mussels or squid. Larger fish tend to congregate in sand holes or channels or drop-off areas into deeper water where fish will pass with the tide.
Release into the water using a dehooker or pliers to remove the hook. Handle carefully using wet hands or cloth as they can lose scales easily.
Excellent eating. Easy to scale and they fillet and freeze well. Whiting has low oil content, a delicate flavour and white flesh which flakes easily. Use as fillets or whole fish. Suitable to bake, barbecue, grill, foil bake or shallow fry.
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