southern flounder, Melbourne flounder
Scientific name: Rhombosolea tapirina
Minimum size: 25 cm
Bag limit: 15 (flounder species combined)
Possession limit: 30 (flounder species combined)
Identifying features: Greenback flounder are a flat-bodied fish with mainly dark green above and white underneath but their colour may vary to blend into their environment. It has an extended snout which projects in front of the mouth. This species can be distinguished from the longsnout flounder by its more diamond shaped body and green colouration.Grows to:
Up to 45 cm and 0.6 kg.
Habitat: Commonly found in shallow coastal estuaries and bays on sand or muddy type bottom right around Tasmania from 0-100 metres depth.
Fishing information: Most recreational fishers in Tasmania use flounder spears and lights at night in larger estuaries and on shallow graded beaches. Caught on still nights on the incoming tide when the flounder come into shallow water to feed on small invertebrates such as sand worms and nipper prawns. They are rarely caught on lines.
Responsible fishing tips:
If spearing, size up flounder before you take it to be confident that it is legal size. If beach seine netting, bunt nets up and empty into the water to return any undersized flounder unharmed.
A popular eating fish, flounder are excellent eating with finely textured, firm white flesh and a low oil content. Suitable to pan fry, bake, barbeque, grill or poach.Fish illustration by Peter Gouldthorpe