Latin name: Pomatomus saltatrix

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Wild Caught


Key Facts

  • Stocks of tailor in NSW and QLD are considered healthy.
  • The nets used to catch tailor generally have a low impact on habitat.
  • Fishery impacts on threatened species appear minimal, although there has been little independent observer coverage in recent years.
  • Fishers are generally present at the nets during fishing, which means any endangered wildlife caught can be released alive.
  • The fisheries catching tailor also catch overfished mulloway; a recovery plan is in place and the fisheries do not catch a high proportion of mulloway caught in NSW.

Cooking & Recipes


Tailor is a cheap and hugely underrated fish that ticks all the boxes – affordable, sustainable, and delicious! Tailor can be served either as fillets or as whole fish. Try it baked or grilled with lots of fresh herbs and lemon. Alternatively, smoking yields some incredible results. Don’t freeze tailor, as the flesh will become mushy once defrosted.

More information

  • NSW Estuary General Fishery, Ocean Hauling Fishery (77t in 2015)
  • QLD East Coast Inshore Fin Fish Fishery (69t in 2016)

Stocks of tailor in NSW and QLD are considered healthy, as commercial catches are stable compared to fishery catch records, indicating that overfishing is not occurring. Catches are low volume.

In QLD, interactions with turtles have been recorded, and interactions with dugongs and sharks are likely, although there is a lack of current information on bycatch across the entire geographical range of the fishery. In NSW, it is likely that the fishery has a low catch of threatened and protected species based on previous independent observer records of bycatch in the fisheries, although there has been no observer coverage to verify logbook reporting of threatened species interactions since 2009.

While interactions with endangered wildlife occur, the small scale of most of the fishing operations and the fact that fishers are present at the nets during fishing means that wildlife caught can be released alive.

The fishing methods used to catch tailor have minimal impacts on marine habitat. In addition, the fisheries operate in areas that are afforded some protection by marine parks.

In NSW, the fishery also catches mulloway, which is overfished in NSW. A management plan is in place to reduce the take of mulloway, although it is unclear if this is proving effective at allowing the species to rebuild. The fisheries that take the majority of tailor do not catch a high proportion of mulloway caught in NSW, so are unlikely to be significantly affecting the health of the population. However, if improvements to mulloway stocks are not apparent during the next assessment, it is likely to result in a downgrading for tailor to an amber ‘Think Twice’ rating.