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​The extended closure is to give more protection to spawning snapper like these in Cockburn and Wanrbro Sounds - fish like this are the lifeblood of the stock in the West Coast Bioregion.

Wednesday 10 July 2019

Extended Metropolitan spawning closure for pink snapper

​A longer annual closed season with a wider area (see map below) for spawning pink snapper in Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds will be introduced from 1 September to 31 January.

The closure extension is to provide more protection for spawning pink snapper in the Sounds critical to sustaining an adequate breeding stock of this long lived species across the West Coast Bioregion.



Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds support the largest known aggregations of spawning pink snapper in the West Coast Bioregion.

The latest science shows that pink snapper begin to migrate into the Sounds well before commencement of the traditional spawning closure on 1 October. These fish have been targeted by recreational and commercial fishers, which is impacting on the effectiveness of the spawning closure and therefore placing additional pressure on the stock.

Following feedback from Recfishwest and the commercial fishing industry, the season will now close from the beginning of September and last until the end of January, and the closure area will also be expanded to protect migration pathways pink snapper use on their way into the Sounds.

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