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.
patrician wrasse, purple-banded wrasse, green parrot fish, senator fish, kelpie, rainbow wrasse
Consider releasing this colourful fish as they do not grow to a large size.
Sheltered coastal reefs and algal beds from 0-30m in depth.
An inquisitive fish, the senator wrasse is caught from wharves, coastal reefs, amongst kelp or from a boat. Males become territorial during breeding season and attach to certain reefs. If you are catching bluethroat or other wrasse then you may eventually catch a senator wrasse due to their overlapping habitats. They will take a variety of baits.
Due to the body shape these fish can be difficult to hold to remove a hook. Hold the fish from the under belly with wet hands or cloth to avoiding the ventral and dorsal fin spines.
They are edible and flesh is similar to bluethroat wrasse in texture and taste.
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