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A large pink snapper coming up to the surface

The closure helps protect the local snapper from fishing as they gather to spawn.

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Shark Bay pink snapper take a spawning break

Pink snapper are set to take a break in Shark Bay’s Eastern Gulf during the annual closure from 1 May to 31 July (inclusive).

The Eastern Gulf is an important breeding area for ‘pinkies’ and the seasonal closure provides extra protection for them as they gather to spawn.

To ensure there are snapper for the future, it is important fishers stick to the seasonal closure and other rules that apply in Shark Bay.

While the Eastern Gulf is closed during this time, Denham Sound and Freycinet Estuary remain open to pink snapper fishing. Freycinet’s annual season closure runs from 15 August to 30 September, inclusive.

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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