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A photo of a Rankin cod caught in Bunbury being weighed

​A Rankin cod caught in Bunbury in March - this species is usually only found as far south as the Abrolhos Islands.

Monday 1 May 2017

Become the eyes of science

​You can play a role in supporting WA’s fishing future by reporting marine species that appear to be uncommon to a particular area to Redmap – a national project helping researchers track the movement of marine species.

The project is delivering valuable data with a number of discoveries in recent weeks.

Among the latest verified WA sightings on the Redmap website is a Rankin cod caught at Bunbury – about 600 kilometres south of where it is generally found.  Usually Rankin cod aren’t seen further south than the Abrolhos Islands.

As climate change affects the oceans of the world, WA recreational fishers and divers are reporting many species outside of their normal range.

The Redmap project encourages anyone who sees a species that appears to be uncommon to an area to post an image and description of it using the free Redmap app, via the Redmap website sightings page, or on their Facebook page.

Note that if you think you have spotted a marine pest, please report it promptly to FishWatch on 1800 815 507, or via the WA PestWatch app.

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