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Pink snapper commercial fishing

Pink snapper supports important commercial fisheries. Most of the commercial catch in Western Australia is taken by the Gascoyne Demersal Scalefish Managed Fishery, which took 240 tonnes of pink snapper in 2014.

The second biggest commercial pink snapper fishery is the West Coast Demersal Scalefish Interim Managed Fishery, which operates south of Shark Bay in the West Coast Bioregion. In 2014, it took 140 tonnes of pink snapper.

Smaller amounts of pink snapper are taken commercially in other fisheries. In 2014, more than 21 tonnes was taken in the South Coast Demersal Line Fishery and almost 57 tonnes in the (temperate) Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Fishery, which includes a south coast fishery and a west coast fishery. About 24 tonnes was landed in other WA fisheries.  

Pink snapper is sold within Australia and also exported overseas.

Pink snapper catches season 2014 – major commercial fisheries

​Fishery Catch ​  Commercial value​
​Gascoyne Demersal Scalefish Managed Fishery 240 tonnes ​
$1-$5 million
(For all species –
373 tonnes total)​
​West Coast Demersal Scalefish Interim Managed Fishery 140 tonnes ​

$1-$5 million​

(For all species – 
334 tonnes total)






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