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Fishing changes needed with low stocks of dhufish, pink snapper report finds – ABC News

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The latest review of fish stocks off the WA coast between Kalbarri and Augusta has found fishery management changes and catch reductions are needed to protect popular fish such as pink snapper and dhufish.

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A new study has found prized WA fish such as snapper and dhufish are under threat The commercial industry says management changes are urgently needed  But…….

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The latest review of fish stocks off the WA coast between Kalbarri and Augusta has found fishery management changes and catch reductions are needed to protect popular fish such as pink snapper and dhufish.

It’s the third major stock assessment conducted in the fishery since 2010, following a raft of cuts to fishing limits that were implemented to rebuild scalefish numbers. 

Conducted by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) scientists, the latest West Coast Demersal Scalefish stock assessment found the prized tablefish species were not recovering fast enough to safeguard their sustainability. 

DPIRD principal fisheries management officer Clinton Syers said the fishery was halfway through a 20-year recovery plan but was not recovering fast enough. 

“Pink snapper and dhufish are used to indicate the health of the entire scalefish resource, which is comprised of more than 100 species of fish,” he said. 

“Pink snapper and dhufish can live up to 40 years, and our latest stock assessment shows a continued lack of older fish in the population required for the resource to recover.

“The stock assessment makes it clear that changes to management arrangements are required to get the recovery of demersal scalefish to sustainable levels back on track.”

There are concerns an increase in recreational fishing is putting too much pressure on some WA fish stocks.(Supplied: Madeline Canda)

Commercial sector wants recreational cut

CEO of the WA Fishing Industry Council Darryl Hockey said urgent action was needed. 

He called for management changes to result in a reduction of the recreational sector’s catch. 

“We can’t afford to take no action, this is our last chance,” he said. 

“If we do take some action, we’ve got a chance of recovering these species.

“Please don’t …….

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-11-18/wa-fish-sustainability-threat-dhufish-pink-snapper-stocks/100629540