Other names
  • Pink snapper
  • Squire
  • Knobby
  • Pinkies
  • Red bream
Scientific namePagrus auratus
Size Range
  • Common length — 20–40cm
  • Maximum length — 130cm
Size limits on takesMinimum size 35cm
Possession limits on takes4 per person with no more than 1 over 70cm/8 per boat (with 2 or more people on board) with no more than 2 over 70cm per boat
Closures15 July to 15 August
  • head and upper body are red-brown
  • sides and belly are silvery
  • the upper sides have numerous small bright blue dots especially prominent in juveniles
  • fins are red/faint red
  • caudal fin has a white lower margin
Frequent MisidentificationYellowfin bream
  • Capricorn-Bunker Reef groups and south
  • common on rough grounds (also found on softer bottom grounds)
  • bottom-living (at depths of 10 - 150m)