Australian Herring

Arripis Georgianus
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Arripis Georgianus
Other names Bull Herring, Herring, Rough, Roughy, Sea Herring, Tommy Rough, Western Herring
Size Up to 41 cm (16 in)
Weight Up to .44 kg (.97 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Inshore coastal waters, bays, beaches and estuaries
Depth Range 1 - 50 m (3 - 164 ft)
Australian Herring Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Australian Herring is a schooling fish, typically found near the surface or a few metres deep but can be found in waters up to 50 m (164 ft).
  • Australian Herring are predators feeding on smaller fish and crustaceans.
  • Biologically their name is misleading as they are actually a part of the perch family and not herring.
  • Estimates of lifespan are up to 12 years with a 4 – 6 year average.
  • They are an important food source in the food chain.
  • The main predators of herring include seabirds, dolphins, sharks, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Species Interaction

Recreational & Commercial Fishing

Australian Herring are a highly popular sports fish endemic to Australian waters. They are often confused with Australian Salmon and are an aggressive fish great for both novice and expert anglers. In WA they are still fished commercially.

The Australian Herring has a large range from the Swan River in WA across southern Australia and back up the east coast to Forster NSW.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Arripidae

Genus: Arripis

Species: Arripis georgianus

Conservation Status

There is little information on the conservation status of the Australian Herring. This species has not been evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.

Fish Taste Quality

Australian Herring are a highly targeted plate fish, known for its soft, slightly oily flesh. They are great for smoking or grilling.

Taste Rating: 3/5

How to catch
Australian Herring

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Tackle: Patternoster Rig, Floater Rig, Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig

Bait: Anchovy, Fresh cut flesh baits, Lures, Octopus, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Worms

Technique: Cast bait/jig/lure near schooling fish