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A gathering of spawning pink snapper

One of the largest known spawning gatherings of pink snapper in the West Coast Bioregion is at Cockburn Sound.

Monday 25 September 2017

Pinkies take a break in Cockburn and Warnbro sounds

​Cockburn and Warnbro sounds are closed to pink snapper fishing from 1 October to 31 January (inclusive) to allow pink snapper to school and spawn without interference from fishers, and assist in their sustainable management.

Cockburn and Warnbro sounds are the sites of the largest known spawning gatherings of pink snapper in WA’s West Coast Bioregion, which runs from north of Kalbarri to just east of Augusta.

While schooling, these long-lived and slow-growing fish are especially vulnerable to fishing and need to be protected, so it’s important ‘the sounds’ are closed to pink snapper fishing at this time.

The four-month closure is part of the management strategy to look after pink snapper, and applies to both recreational and commercial fishers.

Water users in Cockburn Sound are asked to be mindful of these spawning schools and cautious because of their potential to attract sharks. The possible shark activity presents a heightened risk to divers and fishers in small craft, such as kayaks.

Check the Sharksmart activity map or follow the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed for the latest reported sighting and tagged shark detections.

Help keep everyone safe by reporting shark sightings to the Water Police on 9442 8600.

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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