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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

Send us your skeletons

You can play a key part in WA fisheries science by donating your fish skeletons to help with our long-term monitoring program of fish stocks and ensure the recovery of our key fish species, like WA dhufish and herring.

The skeleton contains key biological information, such as length, age and sex, that we can use to make science-based decisions to sustainably manage our fisheries.​​

To find out the latest on what is happening with the 'Send Us Your Skeletons' program and how your data contributes to science, see the Research Angler Program Newsletter or sign up to Catch!

More information on how finfish stocks are assessed is available on this website.   

Donate your frames and you could be in the running for the grand prize of a charter trip to the Montebello Islands, generously donated by Montebello Island Safaris, drawn in August each year. You could also win quarterly prizes such as a superb Daiwa Jigging Game rod, reel and braid combo or Crewsaver lifejackets donated by Recfishwest, WA's peak recfishing body.

How to donate:

  • Please donate the whole filleted skeleton (frame with the head and guts intact) if you can.
  • For large fish like WA dhufish you can donate just the head.
  • Frames can be fresh or frozen.

Label frames with:

  • your name, phone number and email address (so we can send you research feedback and put your name in prize draws);
  • the date of your capture; and
  • the location of your capture (for boat catches, the latitude/longitude or distance and bearing from port and the name of the port, for example 3nm west of Hillarys; for shore catches, the general location).

Information you provide about the location of your catch is confidential.

You can drop off your fish frames at our offices and participating stores.

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 the recovery of these demersal species: West Australian dhufish, snapper and baldchin groper. We need to know if significant management changes put in place a few years ago are helping stocks to recover.

 

illustration of a ​West Australian dhufish 
 
illustration of a Pink snapper​ 
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 ​illustration of a baldchin ​​​​groper​
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Nearshore species - West Coast and South Coast Bioregions

In the West and South Coast Bioregions, we are monitoring Australian herring, tailor and King George whiting stocks.  It's important we monitor these 'bread and butter' species, given their importance to shore and boat-based fishers alike. Herring stocks are also in a recovery phase after recent management changes.

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

Illustrations: R. Swainston/www.anima.net.au

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