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Tuesday 16 June 2020

Send Us Your Skeletons Esperance

Do you fish for snapper? Want to win a trip to the Montebello Islands? If so, can you help DPIRD answer the question - how closely related are snapper from Esperance to those across the Great Australian Bight?

DPIRD is partnering with the Molecular Ecology Lab at Flinders University in South Australia in a national Australian Research Council project to investigate the relationships between snapper from Shark Bay to New Zealand. Using powerful genomic tools to unlock the information hidden deep in snapper DNA, this project will help us learn whether Esperance snapper are actually from Esperance and identify appropriate boundaries for the future management and stock assessment of snapper in WA and across Australia.

To do this, DPIRD’s Send Us Your Skeletons team need 50 adult snapper from Esperance by the end of July 2020. Keep your fish as fresh as possible - on ice at sea and freeze the frame straight after filleting.
Put your frame in a bag with your name, phone number, date of capture and location of capture (ramp name and distance and bearing from ramp), and drop it off at Moby Marine, Lot 84/46 Norseman Road Esperance (phone 9071 5765), or South East Fisheries, 8 Rogers Street Esperance (phone 9071 3235), or Tatey's Fishing World, 39 Norseman Road, Esperance (phone 9071 5003) and you will be in the draw for a trip to the Montebello Islands, thanks to Montebello Island Safaris.

Contact david.fairclough@dpird.wa.gov.au for further information.

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