Some say that the Red Emperor Café and Take Away on Gympie Terrace in Noosaville make "the best Fish and Chips in Australia"

Fish of Noosa & the Sunshine Coast

Fish of the Queensland Coast

Red Emperor


Red Emperor is actually a Sea Perch and not a true Emperor. They are a stunning fish to catch both in colour and on the table. It would certainly be neck and neck between coral trout and Red Emperor as the most prized table fare fish in Australia. They have a strong jaws and a large powerful tail. They are salmon pink to pale red with dark red stripes. The stripes are more pronounced in juveniles. There is three main stripes, one running from the eye back to the dorsal fin, one through the pectoral fin area and one slanting back towards the tail. Each scale has a white dot on it which adds to its beauty. Commonly caught between 1-8 kgs but can grow as large as 20 kgs.


Red Emperor is found down the entire Queensland coast from close reefs out to the Great Barrier Reef, (south of Hervey Bay there tends to be a lot of juveniles) round the north of Australia as far as the Abrolhos Islands. They tend to like the deeper coral reefs, especially where there is gravel between structures.

Also Known As

King Snapper, Government Bream, Red Kelp

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