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A fisherman holds a large pink snapper while on a boat

​Pinkies will be a popular species when Shark Bay’s Eastern Gulf reopens to pink snapper fishing on 1 August, following the annual season closure.

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Snapper season opens for Shark Bay Eastern Gulf

​Recreational fishers will be keen to return to Shark Bay’s Eastern Gulf when it reopens to pink snapper fishing on 1 August, following the annual closed season for the popular species in the gulf.

Pink snapper stocks in Shark Bay’s inner gulfs have been managed under a long term recovery plan since the 1990s and the management measures and support from recreational fishers is showing results, with stock monitoring confirming strong signs of recovery within the local pink snapper population.

Management measures are constantly reviewed and updated to provide recreational fishing access to this highly prized fish, while ensuring stocks remain at, or above, sustainable levels.

While the Eastern Gulf opens on 1 August, Shark Bay’s Freycinet Estuary will close to pink snapper fishing from 15 August to 30 September (inclusive) to give the breeding stock a rest.

For more information see our recreational fishing rules.

You can also download our Recreational fishing guide in booklet size or the A4 print-ready version.

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