- Today's release of 5,000 juvenile snapper is part of annual restocking program
- Recfishwest's Snapper Guardians co-ordinate community event at Woodman Point
- Annual event is important calendar date in supporting Cockburn Sound's marine ecology - helping to improve survival rates of iconic pink snapper
Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley will participate in a fish restocking event this morning when he joins Recfishwest's Snapper Guardians in a back-to-nature experience for families helping to support the marine environment of Cockburn Sound.
Starting at 10am, the Snapper Guardians event at Woodman Point Recreation Reserve will see the release of 5,000 pink snapper fingerlings into the sparkling waters of Jervoise Bay.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) staff kick off the restocking process by collecting snapper eggs from Cockburn Sound and then hatching and growing them from larvae to fingerling stage at DPIRD's Fremantle hatchery.
A big female snapper can spawn more than one million eggs per season, but mortality of the eggs and resultant larvae is very high in the wild - less than one per cent of larvae survive to reach their juvenile stage.
In the protected environment of DPIRD's hatchery, using techniques developed in Western Australia, survival rates are commonly between 45 and 50 per cent.
The program is another example of why Western Australia is a world-leader in the protection and management of both its commercial and recreational fisheries.
Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley:
"The recreational fishing community quickly embraced the idea of the Recfishwest Snapper Guardians event after it was first raised in 2015.
"Cockburn Sound is a vital spawning ground and nursery for pink snapper and needs appropriate protection - which is why the McGowan Government and DPIRD are delighted to support Snapper Guardians 2020.
"I also acknowledge the work of departmental staff who collected the spawned eggs from near pink snapper schools last November, and who hatched, fed and reared the young fish in the Fremantle aquaculture facility so they were ready for release this weekend."
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