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The proposal is looking at ways to develop a recovery management plan for Gascoyne oceanic pink snapper stocks.

Friday 16 March 2018

Rebuilding Gascoyne pink snapper stocks

​Recreational and commercial fishers are invited to have their say on a proposal to protect oceanic pink snapper stocks in a key spawning area off the Gascoyne coast.

A proposal has been released to close an area to pink snapper fishing north of Bernier Island, including Koks Island, during the peak spawning period from 1 June to 31 August. Bernier Island is located approximately 50 kilometres off the coast from Carnarvon.

Similar closures have been effective in protecting pink snapper aggregations in Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds in the Perth metropolitan area and inner gulfs of Shark Bay.

This follows recent pink snapper stock assessments that have raised concerns over the low level of juvenile recruitment and fishing practices that target the main spawning aggregations.

We have been working closely with the recreational and commercial fishing sectors on recovery management options to develop a recovery management plan that takes account of the full impacts of both sectors on oceanic pink snapper stocks.

This proposed closure area only represents about 2-4 per cent of the total area fished by commercial and charter operators in the Gascoyne Coast Bioregion, however up to 70 per cent of the commercial pink snapper catch is taken from these waters during the peak spawning period.

The peak industry bodies, Recfishwest and the WA Fishing Industry Council, will undertake consultation with their members to provide feedback on the proposed spawning closure.

More details on how to make comment on the proposed spawning closure in the Gascoyne are available on the public comment and consultation page.

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