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Community seminars on the south coast

Posted on: November 24, 2016

Fisherman holding a tagged pink snapperSeminars are being held in Albany and Esperance to inform interested community members of the results of the Department of Fisheries research report on the status of demersal scalefish stocks on the south coast.

The seminars, presented by Finfish Research Scientist Jeff Norris, will cover:

  • A summary of the results of the report “Status of inshore demersal scalefish stock on the south coast of Western Australia”
  • An update on the health of the populations of the four inshore demersal indicator species – Bight redfishblue morwongpink snapper and western blue groper; and
  • Some interesting facts about the biology of the indicator species, including the oldest fish ever aged in WA!

The work carried out included sampling both commercially and recreationally caught fish by collecting their ‘frames’ – the skeleton with head and guts intact.  The south coast fishing community’s donations to our Send Us Your Skeletons citizen science program contributed greatly to the success of the stock assessment.

The seminars will be held at the Albany Surf Lifesaving Club on 29 November and at the Esperance Bay Yacht Club on 30 November from 6.30 pm (for a 7.00 pm start) to 8.30 pm.  Light refreshments will be provided and copies of the research report will also be available on the night.

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