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​The WA dhufish is a prized demersal species in the West Coast Bioregion.

Friday 15 December 2017

Catch onto West Coast demersals

Fishing for demersal species opens again in the West Coast Bioregion (Kalbarri to Augusta) on December 16.

The annual two-month closure was introduced in 2010 to help reduce pressure on overfished demersal finfish by at least 50 per cent and allow their stocks to recover.

Fisheries scientists monitor various key demersal species on the west coast including dhufish, pink snapper and baldchin groper.

To help keep our demersal fish populations healthy, boat fishers should be equipped with a release weight to return unwanted or undersize fish to deep water as quickly and safely as possible.

You can also help our research effort by donating your fish frames to the Send Us Your Skeletons program.

Fishers should note that Cockburn Sound is still closed to pink snapper fishing until 31 January (inclusive) to protect breeding aggregations.

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