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Pink snapper being released by a recreational fisher back into the water
With a minimum size of 500 mm, any pink snapper under this length caught in Shark Bay’s inner gulfs must be released.
Monday 2 October 2017

Snapper starts again in Freycinet

Pink snapper fishing in Shark Bay’s Freycinet Estuary reopened on 1 October following the annual seasonal closure.

The fishing rules for pink snapper were changed last year following the recovery of stocks in Shark Bay’s inner gulfs – Freycinet Estuary, Eastern Gulf and Denham Sound.

The maximum size limit for inner gulf pink snapper and the requirement to land pink snapper in whole form no longer applies – providing fishers with the opportunity to catch and keep trophy-sized pink snapper – but Statewide filleting rules apply.

To ensure the Freycinet Estuary stock remains sustainable, it is being managed as a ‘low take’ area, with the emphasis on enjoying catching and eating fresh fish. A possession limit of five kilograms of fillets, or one day’s bag limit of whole fish or fish trunks, applies in the Freycinet Estuary Management Zone to all fish, not just pink snapper.

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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