Scalefish Snook

Snook
Sphyraena novaehollandiae

Illustration©R.Swainston/anima.fish

2019/20 Assessment Summary

STOCK STATUS
SUSTAINABLE


Summary
Due to low market demand Snook is not actively targeted and current catches are approaching the historically lowest level. Therefore, catch and catch rates are considered unreliable indicators of abundance. Recent biological analyses indicate that the current level of fishing mortality is unlikely to cause the stock to become recruitment impaired.


Importance
Minor


Stock
Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery


Indicators
Catch, effort and CPUE trends


Managing Jurisdiction
State (Tasmania)


Background

Snook inhabits shallow coastal and surface (≤ 20 m) offshore waters, often occurring in large schools. This species is mainly targeted using troll and small mesh net gear but is also a by-product of beach Two separate species of ‘Pike’ are caught in Tasmania, the Longfin Pike (Dinolestes lewini, Dinolestidae) and Snook (Sphyraena novaehollandiae, Sphyraenidae). Both species are mainly targeted by trolling and small-mesh net (North coast only) and are also a by-product of beach seining and gillnetting. While there is a local and interstate market for Snook, Longfin Pike are of low demand. There are some uncertainties about the correct reporting of the two species in logbooks, but the vast majority of ‘Pike’ catches are likely to be Snook, which is confirmed by anecdotal reports from the industry.

The full 2019/20 Scalefish Assessment can be found at the link: