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 the fork of the tail ‚Äč


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 base of the tail.

Release sharks and rays quickly and carefully if you're not going to keep them.

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 brought above the high water mark. Refer to the diagram for details of which fins you can remove to bleed the shark.



Recreational Fishing Enquiries
Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647