WA Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has praised commercial and recreational fishers and the Gascoyne community for working together to establish a recovery plan for oceanic pink snapper.
The recovery plan includes the protection of a key spawning location, during the peak of the annual spawning period, about 50 kilometres off the Carnarvon coast.
From June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018 the waters in an area north of Bernier Island, including Koks Island, will be closed to pink snapper fishing. However, other fish species can still be taken from the closure area provided recreational fishers are complying with the closure rules.
The area for the three-month closure represents about four per cent of waters traditionally fished by commercial and charter operators in the Gascoyne coast bioregion. Between June and August, up to 70 per cent of the total pink snapper catch is caught in the area.
In addition to the spawning closure, the annual commercial catch quota for pink snapper will be reduced from 277 tonnes to 50 tonnes.
With long-term sustainability the key focus for everyone, the WA Fishing Industry Council, the charter sector, Recfishwest and the majority of fishers support the spawning closure and catch reductions in the commercial sector.
Source: WA Government