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- Eastern school whiting is a fast-growing species of fish found only around southeastern Australia. Stocks are healthy.
- Eastern school whiting are mainly caught by fishing vessels using Danish seine nets operating out of Victoria.
- Impacts of Danish seine fishing gear on marine habitats are minimal.
- Threatened species interactions are minimal.
- There is minimal discarding of unwanted fish.
Whiting is versatile and easy to use with delicate white flesh. It has a fine flake and mild sweet flavour. Whiting is a great fish to pan fry or BBQ either whole or as fillets. It can become dry if overcooked, so a coating such as a crumb or batter is often used to protect the flesh from direct heat. Try pan frying or deep-frying after coating. Whole fish can be baked in the oven with a little oil, lemon and salt. Whiting’s delicate flesh also suits it to steaming, which will help keep it juicy and moist. Final note: Paired with fresh bread and crisp lettuce, fried whiting makes for one of the all time simple sandwiches – give it a go!
- Commonwealth Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (Commonwealth Trawl Sector) (718t in 2016-17)
Eastern school whiting is a fast growing species of fish only found around southeastern Australia. As they reach sexual maturity at an early age and reproduce quickly, they are resilient to fishing pressure. Stocks are considered healthy by fisheries managers.
Eastern school whiting are caught in shallow waters by fishing vessels using Danish seine nets that operate out of Lakes Entrance in Victoria. The fishery is part of one of Australia’s largest fisheries – the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) – which provides a substantial amount of fresh fish to Sydney and Melbourne.
The area where fishing occurs has been well mapped in order to determine regions of sensitive sea floor habitats and species. Danish seiners avoid fishing on rough seabed such as habitats with hard corals and sponges to avoid damage to their nets.
Eastern school whiting and tiger flathead are the target species in the Danish Seine fishery, and there is a low volume of discarded fish. Interactions with protected species are minimal as a result of the type of fishing gear used, but do include occasional catches of Australian fur seals, pipefish and seahorses.