The Victorian Wrasse (Ocean) Fishery was established in the 1990s when a domestic market based on live trade to restaurants and seafood outlets was created. The commercial fishery extends along the entire length of the Victorian coastline and out to 20 nautical miles offshore, except for marine reserves. Most wrasse is harvested by hook and line although commercial rock lobster fishers who also hold a commercial wrasse licences can keep those fish that they catch in their rock lobster pots.
Bluethroat Wrasse (Notolabrus tetricus) and Purple Wrasse (also called Saddled Wrasse; N. fucicola), comprise approximately 90 per cent of the commercial Victorian wrasse harvest. Small catches of Rosy Wrasse (Pseudolabrus psittaculus), Senator Wrasse (Pictilabrus laticlavius) and Southern Maori Wrasse (Ophthalmolepis lineolatus) are also caught. A harvest strategy is in place for this fishery.
Victorian fisheries also include the Bait Fisheries, Bays and Inlet Fisheries and Multi-species Ocean Fisheries.
image: bluethroat wrasse