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Also known as:

Sand smelt

Silver sillago

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Species Name:

Sillago sihama

Dispatch Method:

The various species of whiting found in estuaries and inshore waters have similar brain locations.  To maximise their eating qualities, they should be killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head, or by cervical dislocation (breaking the neck). Smaller specimens (less than 20-25 cm) taken from warm water can also be killed quickly and humanely in an ice slurry.

Fish Description:

  • These fish are silvery white in colour, without yellow fins or dark blotches at the base of the pectoral fins.
  • Northern whiting can be found in very shallow waters ( as shallow as 10 cm), and have been known to completely bury themselves in the sand to evade predators.

Fish Distribution:

  • Northern whiting inhabit beaches, sandbars, mangrove creeks and estuaries of the tropical Indo-Pacific region, including northern Australia.
  • They typically form schools across sand banks near river mouths and in the surf zone to around 5 meters depth.

Fish Size Common Length:

20-25 cm, maximum size around 35 cm.