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    12034: Providing critical scientific advice for sustainable management of demersal scalefish on the south coast of WA

    Pink snapper are a key indicator species for the health of demersal finfish on WA’s south coast. Courtesy Department of Fisheries.
    Pink snapper are a key indicator species for the health of demersal finfish on WA’s south coast. Courtesy Department of Fisheries.

    Demersal finfish generally live on or near the ocean floor usually at depths of more than 20 metres. On the south coast of Western Australia they are important marine assets and support a range of recreational and commercial fisheries.

    To date, these fish have received minimal attention with resources previously focussed on demersal fisheries in the West Coast, Gascoyne Coast and North Coast regions. As these fisheries have been brought under more effective management, the focus is now being shifted to the south coast.

    This research project will:

    • determine the stock status of key demersal scalefish indicator species on the south coast (pink snapper and bight redfish)
    • investigate stock structure
    • develop a future monitoring and assessment framework for demersal finfish on the south coast.

    The project will assist in understanding the potential impacts of the South-west Marine Reserves Network on Demersal finfish and associated fisheries managed by the Department of Fisheries.

    Investment: $ 850 000
    Delivery organisation: Department of Fisheries
    Project duration: November 2012 - June 2015
    Location: Oceans off the south coast to a depth of 20 m

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