Beware of the sharp dorsal and anal spines of bream when handling them. The other species of bream found in Australian estuaries and inshore areas (e.g. black bream, pikey bream) have similar brain locations to the yellowfin bream. To maximise their eating qualities they should be killed humanely by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.
- At least 5 species of bream occur in Australian waters
- All have similar brain locations
- Yellowfin bream have silvery sides and yellow pelvic and anal fins
- Bream are a group of fishes which are relatively slow growing, and long lived.
- A 40 cm long black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) from Victoria was aged at 29 years old.
- Bream are common in estuaries and along beaches throughout Australia.
- At least 5 species of bream occur in Australian waters.
- Yellowfin bream can be encountered along Australias eastern seaboard from north Queensland to the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria. Black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) occur in southern NSW, Victoria, SA, WA and Tasmania.
Fish Size Common Length:
20-30 cm, maximum size around 65 cm and 4 kg.