Shark Bay, more than 800 kilometres north of Perth, is renowned for its recreational fishing, especially for pink snapper.
Pink snapper in Shark Bay’s three inner gulfs don’t interbreed with each other or the wider-ranging oceanic population. The inner gulf pink snapper stocks are small compared with the oceanic stock and stocks elsewhere in Australia and in New Zealand. Being small and reproductively isolated makes these inner gulf stocks particularly vulnerable to overfishing.
For this reason, special fishing rules apply. See our pink snapper fact sheet for more information.
The following rules apply when fishing for pink snapper in the inner gulfs of Shark Bay.
Daily bag limit
2 per fisher, per day
Minimum size 500 mm, maximum size 700 mm.
The bag and size limits above also apply when the pink snapper have been caught in oceanic waters and landed anywhere in the inner gulfs of Shark Bay. Previous exemptions no longer apply.
Denham Sound: No seasonal fishing closures.
Eastern Gulf: Closed 1 May – 31 July (inclusive).
Freycinet Estuary: Closed 15 August – 30 September (inclusive).
Pink snapper tags
Anglers must have a pink snapper tag
to take pink snapper in the Freycinet Estuary. A limited number of tags are issued each year.
No filleting at sea
Unless they are being prepared for immediate consumption or being eaten, pink snapper caught in or being carried through the inner gulfs of Shark Bay must be carried whole at sea (although they can be gutted and gilled) and landed whole.
It is prohibited to use pink snapper as bait within the inner gulfs of Shark Bay.
The inner gulfs of Shark Bay
For more information see our Statewide recreational fishing guide.