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In palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines, with thanks to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.

Pleuronectidae family (Flounder)


2021/22 Flounder Status (Released March 24)

Stock Status UNDEFINED
Summary Greenback Flounder (Rhombosolea tapirina) constitute the majority of the commercial catch, which remains low due to limited market demand and the requirement for fishers to attend gear for most overnight gillnetting. Low recent effort, catch and CPUE are unlikely to reflect trends in biomass, but the impact of historic catches is uncertain. Thus, the status of the stock remains undefined.
Importance Minor
Stock Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery
Indicator(s) Catch, effort and CPUE trends
Managing Jurisdiction State (Tasmania)


Flounder inhabit sheltered sand, silt, and mud habitat in estuaries and coastal waters of Tasmania. Since 2010, there has been a requirement for commercial fishers to attend their gear when gillnetting at night, unless they hold an unattended night netting endorsement for Bass Strait or are gillnetting in Macquarie Harbour. As a result, there has been a marked reduction in Flounder catch. Flounder in Tasmanian waters are primarily caught using spear. There is a substantial recreational fishery for Flounder, with most fishers also using spear (Lyle 2005, Lyle et al. 2009, Lyle et al. 2014, Lyle et al. 2019).

The full 2021/22 Scalefish Assessment, released March 2024, can be found at the link:

Latest Scalefish Assessment

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Stock Status Classifications

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Science Terms and Concepts

Scalefish Fishery

Catch, Effort and CPUE

Risk-Based Framework

Social and Economic Indicators