How to Measure Scalefish and Shark

Scalefish

Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. The exceptions are banded morwong and garfish - see the diagrams below. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.

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Banded Morwong: Nose to caudal fork

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Garfish: Upper jaw to tip of tail

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All other species: Tip of nose to tip of tail

Shark

You can measure shark species either from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail or for headed and tailed shark, measure from the back gill slit to the start of the tail. Release sharks and rays quickly and carefully if you're not going to keep them. Do not kill them and dump them as they are an important part of our ecosystems.
How to measure a shark
For headed and tailed shark: back gill slit to base of tail

Shark Fin Removal

The dorsal and pectoral fins must remain attached to all shark until they are landed. Refer to the diagram for details of which fins you can remove to bleed the shark.

undefined See the following pages for more information on recreational fishing rules and regulations:
Licences Flathead
Fishing Seasons Gummy Shark
Bag and Possession Limits Southern Garfish
Gear Restrictions Tuna Fishing
Area Restrictions Net Fishing for Scalefish
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