Carnarvon Pink Snapper Update

In our last monthly broadcast, we asked the community their thoughts on having a three month closure to protect spawning aggregations of pink snapper in the Gascoyne Region (read it all here).

This follows a recent stock assessment completed by DPIRD (Fisheries) which indicated a risk to snapper sustainability, creating a concern for both Recfishwest and the Carnarvon fishing community.

Pink Snapper are the lifeblood of recreational fishing in the Gascoyne and provide fantastic opportunity for both local and visiting fishers to tussle with a hard fighting, yet accessible sportfish that is also rated highly on the plate.

The Proposal

Pink Snapper spawning aggregation in Cockburn Sound during their spawning closure. (Image courtesy WA Gov news)

Fisheries proposed a closure to pink snapper fishing north of Bernier Island, including Koks Island, during the peak spawning period from 1 June to 31 August. Bernier Island is located approximately 50 kilometres off the coast from Carnarvon.

Similar closures have been effective in protecting pink snapper aggregations in Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds in the Perth metropolitan area and the inner gulfs of Shark Bay.

The proposed closed area represents about 2-4 per cent of the total area fished by all sectors in the Gascoyne Coast Bioregion, however up to 70 per cent of the commercial pink snapper catch is taken from these waters during the peak spawning period.

This proposal does not impact on fishing for other species such as Coral Trout and Red Emperor.

Read the full fisheries proposal here.


Community Feedback and Our Position

The people of Carnarvon love fishing and genuinely care about healthy fisheries. Local fishers have shown an overwhelming willingness to be part of the solution for recovering the pink snapper fishery. This was highlighted in the responses to our community survey which indicated 96% support for the proposal to protect pink snapper spawning aggregations.

After reviewing the community responses, we’re happy to provide you with our response back to Government on the proposed spawning closure. Recfishwest supports this proposal and believes it is important to protect this Pink Snapper breeding stock to ensure great fishing experiences for all in the West Australian community forever.

Read it here .11.04.18 DPIRD – Recfishwest Advice on Proposed Mgt Gascoyne Oceanic Pink Snapper Stock

 

 

Local Carnarvon Fishers Finally Get Their Say on Snapper Conservation

MEDIA STATEMENT

  • Action required to rebuild snapper stocks
  • Local fishers have shown an overwhelming willingness to be part of the solution
  • Recfishwest will continue to work to ensure the government clearly understand the views of Gascoyne fishers
  • Community urged to have their say here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gascoynesnapper

Recfishwest welcomes today’s announcement from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) who are currently seeking comments on a proposal to introduce a spawning closure for Pink Snapper in an area around the northern end of Bernier Island, offshore from Carnarvon.

The proposed closure addresses concerns over the sustainability of the oceanic Pink Snapper in the Gascoyne region and the fishing community are now strongly urged to have their say!

Pink Snapper are the lifeblood of recreational fishing in the Gascoyne. These highly prized fish provide fantastic opportunity for both local and visiting fishers to tussle with a hard fighting, yet accessible sportfish that is also rated highly on the plate.

A recent stock assessment completed by DPIRD indicating a risk to snapper sustainability has been met with concern by both Recfishwest and the Carnarvon fishing community.

Recfishwest believes it is important to protect this Pink Snapper breeding stock. We are pleased to see this proposal does not impact on fishing for other species such as Coral Trout and Red Emperor.

Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland has indicated that closures to protect spawning Pink Snapper have worked well in both Cockburn Sound and the inner gulfs of Shark Bay and has commended the local Carnarvon community for their input on this issue so far.

Pink Snapper spawning aggregation in Cockburn Sound during their spawning closure. (Image courtesy WA Gov news)

“We’ve never understood why spawning closures haven’t been implemented for the Carnarvon fishery when they have been so effective in Cockburn Sound and Shark Bay for decades.”

The current proposal takes on board feedback provided by community members through a working group process and it’s now time for the broader community to have their say!

“The people of Carnarvon love fishing and genuinely care about healthy fisheries. Local fishers have shown an overwhelming willingness to be part of the solution for recovering the Pink Snapper fishery”

“Recfishwest will continue to work to ensure the government clearly understand the views of locals and visitors who enjoy fishing in the Gascoyne” Dr Rowland said.

We urge all fishers with an interest in this fishery to complete our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gascoynesnapper

Read what the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) had to say about Rebuilding Gascoyne Pink Snapper stocks here.