Spawning gemfish found in Great Australian Bight

image-6Raptis & Sons P/L have found spawning gemfish in the Great Australian Bight.

These fish will be important additions to the samples already taken for the Gemfish Project. Genetic and other analyses will determine if they represent the core of a separate stock in southern Australia.

Thanks to Jim Raptis, Stu Bell  and AFMA observer Jarrad James for finding and taking samples from these fish. The individuals were large and close to spawning (see photos).

More samples from spawning gemfish are needed. Email Andy Moore <> or Russell Hudson from FishWell Consulting ( if you can himage-9elp.