Snapper measuring in Port Phillip Bay


Did you know that over the past 5 years, more than 70 volunteer angler diarists have measured over 6,000 snapper in Port Phillip Bay to help monitor the health of the fishery?

This is a rich source of data for fisheries managers and scientists to better understand what’s happening with fish stocks.

The diarists’ 2015 catch information indicates an abundant pulse of 20-30 cm snapper entering the adult fishery in the next 5 years.

These small snapper are 2-3 years old and re…present the most significant pulse of snapper seen in the last 10 years.

This is terrific news for recreational anglers, made all the better given the 33 netting licences that exited the bay fishery in April caught 87% of the commercial catch of fish targeted by recreational anglers, including snapper.

The contribution by angler diarists in tracking undersize year-classes of snapper fills an important knowledge gap and helps us forecast future snapper catch rates in the fishery.

The angler diary program is funded by recreational fishing licence fees and is a great example of volunteer anglers giving back to the management of their fishery.


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