Black Fillet Project

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Fisher feedback

To date, we have received many reports of black fillets (melanisation) from fishers where it is primarily observed in sand flathead. Aside from sand flathead, reports of melanisation in other fish species have also been reported for the first time. We have also started receiving reports from other Australian states outside of Tasmania.
Sand Flathead
Other Fish Species

Sand Flathead

So far, a total of 341 sand flathead were caught, where 82 had melanisation.

Degrees of melanisation:

Images supplied by recreational fishers:

Black worm:

In addition, we have received new reports that even though the fish had no melanisation, black worms can be observed in the fish roe. Pictures below were from sand flathead caught at White Beach.

Other Fish Species

So far, a total of 12 other fish species were caught, where 2 had melanisation.

Images supplied by recreational fishers:

Thanks are extended to those fishers who have submitted reports and photos.
Updated on 13th July 2021
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