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Send us your skeletons

You can play a key part in our fishing research by donating your fish skeletons to help our long-term monitoring program of fish stocks.

Also known as 'frames', filleted skeletons, with the heads and guts intact, are essential for us to be able to assess the status of our fish resources. By analysing data from the frames we can make science-based decisions to sustainably manage our fisheries.

By donating your frames before July 1, you could also win a number of prizes thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

To donate your frames, label them with your name and address (so we can send you research feedback), the date and location of your capture (shore catch: general location; boat catch: latitude/longitude or distance and bearing from port and the name of the port). Information you provide about the location of your catch is confidential and only used for research purposes.

You can drop off your fish frames at our offices or participating stores. The frames can be frozen, so you can collect a few before dropping them off.

Our Send us Your Skeletons leaflet gives details about what species to donate and how to donate them.

We need frames for the following species from the areas in the map below.

illustration map of west coast and south coast bioregion

Demersal species - West Coast Bioregion

In the West Coast Bioregion we are currently monitoring these demersal species: West Australian dhufish, snapper, baldchin groper, Bight redfish and redthroat emperor. We need to know if significant management changes put in place a few years ago are helping stocks to recover.

To see what is done with the data provided by the frames you've donated, see the Research Angler Program Newsletter No. 32 October 2015.

​West Australian dhufish
illustration of a ​West Australian dhufish
Pink snapper
illustration of a Pink snapper​
Baldchin groper
 ​illustration of a baldchin ​​​​groper​
Bight redfish​
 ​illustration of a Bight redfish​
 ​​Redthroat emperorillustration of a ​​Redthroat emperor

Nearshore species - West Coast and South Coast Bioregions

We are monitoring the health of Australian herring, tailor and King George whiting stocks.  It's important we monitor these 'bread and butter' species ; fishing pressure on them is likely to rise with WA's growing population and more fishers targeting them as a result of restrictions on fishing for demersal species.

​Australian herring
illustration of an australian herring
illustration of a tailor
King George whiting
(Over 35 cm in length)

Illustrations: R. Swainston/


Last modified: 19/11/2015 2:09 PM


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