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Australian salmon

Australian salmon
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Also known as:

Eastern Australian salmon

Bay trout

Blackback salmon

Buck

Cocky salmon

Colonial salmon

Kahawai

Newfish

Salmon

Salmon trout

Common Group Name:

Australian Salmons

Family Name:

Arripidae

Genus Name:

Arripis

Species Name:

Arripis trutta


Dispatch Method:

The eating qualities of Australian salmon can be greatly improved if they are killed immediately by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • Adult Australian salmon are dark blue-green above and silvery below, with irregularly defined spots arranged laterally in indistinct rows. The small pectoral fins are yellowish.
  • Juveniles have several additional brown blotches over the flanks.
  • Australian salmon mature at between 36 and 42 cm long (3-4 years old) and may live for up to 26 years.

Fish Distribution:

  • There are three species of Australian salmon. All have similar brain locations.
  • Juveniles are usually seen in bays and estuaries. Adults are found in coastal waters.
  • The eastern Australian salmon (A. trutta) occurs along Australia's east coast from SE QLD to Tasmania, and as far east as New Zealand.
  • The western Australian salmon (A. truttaceaus) occurs from Shark bay in WA along Australia's southern coastline to Bass Strait in Victoria, including Tasmania.
  • The third species (A. xylabion) occurs around Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island and the Kermedec Islands (New Zealand).

Fish Size Common Length:

25-50 cm, maximum size around 89 cm and 9.5 kg.