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A pink snapper skeleton that has been thrown overboard and washed ashore as rubbish

Donate your pink snapper skeletons to research. Don’t throw them overboard as they can wash ashore and become rubbish.

Wednesday 12 April 2017

Send us your skeletons to help our pinkies

If you catch pink snapper in the Perth metropolitan area and South West, you can play a key part in their recovery by donating the skeletons to research.

Also known as 'frames', filleted skeletons, with the heads and guts intact, are essential for us to be able to assess the status of our fish resources. By analysing data from the frames we can make science-based decisions to sustainably manage our fisheries.

Several years ago, scientific monitoring indicated fishing pressure had reduced the stock of key demersal species including pink snapper in the West Coast Bioregion. This resulted in fishing restrictions to reduce the catch to below 50 per cent of 2005/06 levels.

Currently we are receiving less than half the pink snapper skeletons needed to help us monitor how pink snapper stocks are recovering, so please assist us by donating your pink snapper frames to our Send Us Your Skeletons program.

As well as pink snapper, we monitor West Australian dhufish, baldchin groper, Bight redfish, red throat emperor, tailor, herring and King George whiting - so dropping off skeletons of these species is much appreciated.

By donating skeletons before 1 July 2017, you have the chance to win some great prizes, including a charter fishing trip for two to the Montebello Islands, courtesy of Monte Bello Island Safaris.

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