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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Tuesday 4 October 2016

Annual snapper closure in Cockburn and Warnbro sounds

​Cockburn and Warnbro sounds are closed to pink snapper fishing from 1 October to 31 January (inclusive) to allow pink snapper to breed and spawn. During this time, these fish are especially vulnerable to fishing and need to be protected.
Cockburn and Warnbro sounds are the sites of the largest known spawning gatherings of pink snapper in WA’s West Coast Bioregion, which runs from north of Kalbarri to just east of Augusta.

A pink snapper spawning aggregation in Cockburn Sound - one of the largest known gathering sites for pink snapper in the West Coast Bioregion.
Protecting these aggregations is crucial to allow the long-lived and slow-growing snapper to breed successfully and keep their populations healthy.
The four-month closure is part of the management strategy to protect pink snapper, and applies to both recreational and commercial fishers.
For more information see our recreational fishing rules.
You can also download our Recreational fishing guide or pick up a copy of the guide from our offices and participating information outlets.

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