- The Australian Anchovy is a schooling fish, typically found in depths up to 200 m (656 ft).
- Australian anchovies are generally used as a bait fish and harvested commercially.
- These fish are omnivores and primarily feed on plankton.
- Estimates of lifespan are up to 6 years with a 4 year average.
- They are an important food source in the food chain.
- The main predators of anchovy include seabirds, dolphins, sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Recreational & Commercial Fishing
Australian anchovy are a highly popular baitfish. Whilst generally targeted for bait, they are also popular in certain dishes for human consumption. There are over 140 species of anchovy with most found in tropical and subtropical waters.
The Australian anchovy has a large range across Australia from Shark Bay WA down to Tasmania and back up to central QLD.
Species: Engraulis australis
There is little information on the conservation status of Australian Anchovy. However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.
Annual recreational harvests are estimated to be less than 1 tonne. Commercial harvest can be in between 40 & 80 tonne.
Fish Taste Quality
Australian anchovy are a edible fish but not a highly targeted species for consumption.
Taste Rating: 2/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Easy
Bait: Lures, Squid, Worms
Technique: Slowly sink bait towards bottom