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The bottom dwellers

Posted on: September 25, 2012

As the weather begins to warm up and you think to throw a line in the water again, keep in mind that some of the State’s most prized fish have a two-month fishing closure in the West Coast Bioregion; an area that runs from Black Point (east of Augusta) to the Zuytdorp Cliffs (north of Kalbarri).  

These highly sought after fish, which includes pink snapper, dhufish and baldchin groper, are known as demersal scalefish (fish that live on or near the sea floor). 

Recent research into these species revealed they were being overfished and that catches needed to be reduced by at least 50 per cent to ensure their long-term sustainability.  These fish generally live for a long time, they grow slowly and, in some species, reproduce in relatively low numbers.  To find out more about what makes this group so susceptible to overfishing, download our poster.

To help manage these species, a two-month fishing closure is in place in the West Coast Bioregion from 15 October – 15 December (inclusive).  Once the fishery reopens on 16 December, bag, size limits and additional regulations apply.  See the Recreational Fishing Information – West Coast Bioregion at www.fish.wa.gov.au for the most up to date information.

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