Australian Coastal fish species


Australian Salmon
Arripus trutta / truttaceus

Australian Salmon are closely related to the Herring or Tommy Ruff and are spectacular fighters. Their table qualities are poor so it’s best to return caught fish to the water quickly.

Adult herring are very hard to distinguish from juvelile salmon (above) which are very closely related. The easiest way to tell them apart is by their eye and pupi


You wouldn’t go out of your to hunt down some salmon fillets. No, they’re pretty lousy eating in general but yet they’re still one of the most sought after fish along the WA coast.

So why is this? Well it just has to be their hard fighting tactics and the fact that you can chase a world class sportfish from just about any south coast town, including Perth, from shore.

It has to be a huge tourism boom for southwest WA when the salmon seasons are good because tons of anglers make the journey to Yalingup, Dunsborough and even Esperance to tangle with a mighty fish that can also be hard to catch at times.

Scientific Information

Rather than being a true salmon, they are actually a member of the sea perch family and the WA and east coast fish are slightly different species. They are closely related to the herring or tommy ruff and are a particularly good fish for people with heart disease as they are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which prevent such disease.

Indeed, juvenile salmon so closely resemble a herring that the only way the average angler can tell them apart is through their eyes. Herring have a much larger eye than a salmon which is quite small in comparison to most fish.

The herring and Australian salmon are not really true herring or salmon. It is believed that they were named by early settlers after the fish they most resembled. Herring is a commercially fished species but is nowhere near as important to professionals as the salmon.

The breeding ground of the salmon is roughly the Esperance to Albany area. The fish gather in mid-summer around the south-east coast and migrate to southern WA where spawning occurs in March and April each year.

The ocean currents in the area carry the eggs and newly hatched fish towards South Australia although many juveniles land in the Esperance area and continue their life from there. The remainder are carried into the eastern states and can end up as far north as NSW.

As cooler waters replace the warm currents of the Perth summer, large schools invade the metro area and congregate around Rottnest Island in huge numbers.

The fish can be caught around most offshore metro reefs in May each year and will occasionally visit land based spots such as Penguin Island, the Fremantle Moles and even Hillarys.

Elsevier Priority areas for conservation of Western Australian coastal fishes: A comparison of hotspot, biogeographical and complementarity approaches [An article from: Biological Conservation]
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2002-04-04 03:51:43 by MeM

Goldfish. There are several vital dyes that are relatively safe for FRESHWATER fish with ich (I know nothing about saltwater fishes) that are sold in pet stores: methylene blue is very safe for fishes but kills plants. There is a more commonly used drug now, malachite green, which is safe for plants and fairly safe for most fishes. But I believe a few kinds of FW fishes have trouble with it.
If I remember right, you don't have to change the water after using M.G., it naturally breaks down. But you will after M.B., first because it stains the water a deep blue, second because of your plants

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