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While Freycinet Estuary is now closed for pink snapper until 30 September, you can fish for the species like this specimen in Shark Bay's Eastern Gulf and Denham Sound.

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Freycinet Estuary takes time out for snapper

Shark Bay’s Freycinet Estuary is closed to recreational and commercial fishing from 15 August until 30 September (inclusive) to allow pink snapper stocks to breed undisturbed.

The annual closure provides extra protection for pink snapper as they gather to spawn in this important breeding area.

However, the Bay’s Eastern Gulf and Denham Sound are now open for pink snapper fishing.
The three separate pink snapper stocks in Shark Bay’s inner gulfs were overfished in the 1990s, prompting a major long-term recovery program, which includes managing the Freycinet Estuary as a ‘low take’ area, with the emphasis on enjoying the experience of catching and eating fresh fish.

For more information see our recreational fishing rules.

You can also download our Recreational fishing guide in booklet size or the A4 print-friendly version.

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