Yelloweye Mullet

Yelloweye Mullet

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

Aldrichetta forsteri (Yelloweye Mullet)


2021/22 Yelloweye Mullet Status (Released March 24)

Summary Yelloweye Mullet are most abundant in estuarine habitats, where netting is prohibited or restricted, which provides this species a high degree of protection throughout most of its range in Tasmania. Commercial logbook records indicate consistently low levels of catch. Thus, it is overall unlikely that the stock is recruitment impaired or that the current fishing pressure could cause the stock to become recruitment impaired in the future.
Importance Minor
Stock Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery
Indicator(s) Catch, effort and CPUE trends
Managing Jurisdiction State (Tasmania)


Yelloweye Mullet is a schooling species that inhabits shallow (≤20 m), sheltered waters over sand and seagrass, with highest abundances recorded in estuaries (Edgar 2008). Yelloweye Mullet are occasionally targeted commercially using beach and purse seine nets as well as small mesh nets. The vast majority of commercial Mullet catch in Tasmanian waters is Yelloweye Mullet; however, some catch may include Sea Mullet (Mugil cephalus). Recreationally, Yelloweye Mullet are targeted using rod and line or small mesh gillnets (‘mullet nets’).

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

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Scalefish Fishery

Catch, Effort and CPUE

Risk-Based Framework

Social and Economic Indicators