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Pink snapper being reeled in
Friday 20 November 2015

Simpler rules for Shark Bay pink snapper

​Latest research advice indicates that pink snapper stocks in Shark Bay's inner gulfs have recovered to above target levels.

As a result, the pink snapper fishing rules in the Eastern Gulf, Denham Sound and Freycinet Estuary are being simplified, with the maximum size limit removed across the inner gulfs, enabling fishers to catch a 'trophy' pink snapper.

To ensure the Freycinet Estuary stock remains sustainable, a new possession limit of five kilograms of fillets, or one day's bag limit of whole fish, applies from 1 January 2016. This limit replaces the catch tag lottery system, allowing more fishers to participate.

Recovery of the pink snapper stocks was based on sound long-term management strategies, with support from Recfishwest, the local community and stakeholders.

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