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Two herring skeletons, pictured one on each side of a steel ruler.
​Even if you catch just one or two herring, please donate their skeletons to us. Every frame counts!
Friday 2 June 2017

Every frame counts

Our scientists are urging recreational fishers to donate their pink snapper and Australian herring frames over the closing weeks of our 2016/17 Send Us Your Skeletons program.

By donating your frames and providing the required details before 1 July, you go into a draw to win a range of fishing prizes, including a charter fishing trip for two to the Montebello Islands with Monte Bello Island Safaris.

Over the next few weeks our scientists need to collect the ‘frames’ (skeletons with the heads and guts intact) of these key species to help monitor the recovery of demersal and nearshore stocks in the West Coast bioregion.

This is a great time of year for catching pink snapper in south-western WA, with the chance of shore-based catches during and after stormy weather. Traditionally, autumn and winter are also regarded as the best time to pursue herring.

Even if you catch a single legal-sized pink snapper or herring, please donate the frames after filleting. All donations add up and help to ensure the pink snapper and herring stocks are well looked after. Every frame counts!

Frames can be fresh or frozen, so you can collect a few before dropping them off at our offices and participating stores.

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