Boarfish,Yellowspotted, Lumb Artfcl Reef, Nlga SA
These are spectacular and quite big reef fish which are probably not seen by divers and snorkelers these days as often as was the case for the first half of my diving life.We do still see them,but less often at the shallow inshore limit of their usual depth range and particularly if one is diving anywhere near major metropolitan coastal sites such as greater Adelaide.You don’t have to be a genius to ponder the connection between targeted spearfishing plus commercial fishing both targeted and as by catch,and the above anecdote
They are very good eating and very easily speared or trawled in many regions in southern Australia from close inshore right out to deep shelf waters,generally in moderate to high energy rock reef areas but also found over soft bottom if there is good invertebrate habitat e.g. sponges razor shells and the like.
Source: via David Muirhead on Oceandiscover