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A recreational fisher holding a large pink snapper

Pink snapper is one of the most popular fish species in WA.

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Gascoyne community works together to rebuild pink snapper stocks

Western Australia’s commercial and recreational fishers and the Gascoyne community have been praised for working together to establish a recovery plan for oceanic pink snapper.

The plan includes the protection of a key spawning location during the peak of the annual spawning period, about 50 kilometres off the Carnarvon coast.

From 1 June to 31 August 2018, the waters in an area north of Bernier Island, including Koks Island, will be closed to pink snapper fishing. However, other fish species can still be taken from the closure area provided recreational fishers are complying with the closure rules.

While the area for the three-month closure represents about four percent of waters traditionally fished by commercial and charter operators in the Gascoyne coast bioregion, up to 70 per cent of the total pink snapper catch is caught in this area from June to August.

In addition to the spawning closure, the annual commercial catch quota for pink snapper will be reduced from 277 tonnes to 50 tonnes.

With long-term sustainability the key focus for everyone, the WA Fishing Industry Council, the charter sector, Recfishwest and the majority of fishers support the spawning closure and catch reductions in the commercial sector.    

Similar closures have been effective in protecting pink snapper spawning aggregations in Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds off Perth’s southern suburbs, and the inner gulfs of Shark Bay.

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