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Looking down from a boat deck onto a swarming snapper aggregation

​The four month pink snapper closure of Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds is an important part of ensuring the long term sustainability of this highly prized species.

Monday 1 October 2018

Pink snapper research shows the value of annual Sounds closure

​It’s time for the annual closure of Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds to pink snapper fishing to protect this popular and important indicator species during the annual spawning aggregations.

The closure is crucial for the long-term sustainability of breeding stock of the largest known pink snapper spawning aggregations on the West Coast.

Recent research into pink snapper spawning activity show it is likely to take up to 20 years to recover pink snapper and other West Coast demersal scalefish stocks, so it’s important that fishers support the recovery.

Studies on demersal scalefish also indicate that capture and release of some species, prior to spawning, can reduce spawning success or even cause fish to skip the stage altogether.

Our Fisheries Officers will be on patrol in Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds during the four-month closure, from today and until 31 January to ensure its enforcement.

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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