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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.

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.​​

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 No. 37 December 2017. An informative history of Send Us Your Skeletons is also available.

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

To donate your frames:

  • label them with your name and address (so we can send you research feedback);
  • the date of your capture; and
  • the location of your capture (in the case of a shore catch, the general location; in the case of a boat catch, the latitude/longitude or distance and bearing from port and the name of the port).

Note information you provide about the location of your catch is confidential.

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

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 red throat emperor. 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​ 
 ​illustration of a baldchin ​​​​groper​
 ​illustration of a Bight redfish​
 ​​Red throat emperor​illustration of a ​​Redthroat emperor

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/

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