How to Measure Scalefish and Shark
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.
Banded Morwong: Nose to caudal fork
Garfish: Upper jaw to tip of tail
All other species: Tip of nose to tip of tail
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.
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 brought above the high water mark. Refer to the diagram for details of which fins you can remove to bleed the shark.