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A large baldchin groper swimming above a coral reef

Baldchin groper are a prized demersal species.

Monday 29 January 2018

Baldies ready to bite at Abrolhos

​Fishers will be turning their attention to baldchin groper again at the Abrolhos Islands as the recreational fishing season re-opens for the prized species on 1 February, following the annual spawning closure.

Baldchin gropers, known as ‘baldies’, are long-lived and slow-growing demersal fish, and can only be found in Western Australia – so it’s critical recreational fishers stick to the bag and size limits to keep populations healthy.

When travelling to the Abrolhos Islands, boat skippers must notify us of their intended visit by completing the online notification form.

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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