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Sphyraena novaehollandiae (Snook)


2021/22 Snook Status (Released March 24)

Summary Recorded catches of Snook are at low levels, presumably because low market demand means that the species is not actively targeted. 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
Indicator(s) Catch, effort and CPUE trends
Managing Jurisdiction State (Tasmania)


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 seining and gillnetting. Snook is not an important recreational target species in Tasmania; however, landings do occur. Another species of ‘Pike’, Dinolestes lewini (Longfin Pike) is also caught in Tasmanian waters, but the vast majority of ‘Pike’ catches are likely to be Snook.

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

Catch Only Approach

Social and Economic Indicators