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Milkfish

Milkfish
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Also known as:

Bandang

Bangos

Bukkariba

Buruna

Moreton Bay salmon

Salmon herring

Common Group Name:

Milkfishes

Family Name:

Chanidae

Genus Name:

Chanos

Species Name:

Chanos chanos


Dispatch Method:

The eating qualities of these fish 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:

  • Milkfish are blue-green dorsally with silver flanks, a white belly,a small toothless mouth and a large, deeply-forked tail fin. The eyes are covered with thick, gelatinous adipose eyelids.
  • This species matures at around 65-80 cm long (5-8 years old) and feeds almost exclusively on plankton.

Fish Distribution:

  • Milkfish occurs throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region wherever water temperatures are greater than 20°C.
  • Adults are found in marine waters (including coral reefs), but also shallow coastal embayments. Juveniles frequently enter mangrove estuaries and occasionally penetrate into freshwater streams.
  • On the Great Barrier Reef, adult milkfish live inshore, but in summer they migrate offshore to spawn just outside the ribbon reefs in the Coral Sea.

Fish Size Common Length:

50-100 cm, maximum size around 180 cm and 15 kg.