ABOUT THIS GUIDE
he Gascoyne Coast Bioregion extends rom the ZuytdorpClis, north o Kalbarri, to the Ashburton River, south o Onslow, and contains around 100 species o ish that aretargeted and caught by recreational ishers.
This guide provides a brief overview of some of the region’smost popular and sought-after fish species. Fishing rules arecontained in a separate guide: ‘Recreational Fishing Guide –Gascoyne Region’.
The marine environment
The Gascoyne’s marine environment is characterised by a mixo tropical and temperate conditions, which is relected inthe ish species ound in the area.To the north, near Exmouth, tropical species such as emperorspecies and mackerel dominate. Farther south, temperatespecies such as western rock lobster, tailor, pink snapper,mulloway and western sand whiting occur.A major inluence on marine ecology, and the distribution o species and their spawning success, is the Leeuwin Current.This warm, tropical current lows south rom Indonesia anddown Western Australia’s coast past Cape Leeuwin and intothe Great Australian Bight.While the current varies greatly rom year-to-year, it strengthensin March to April, carrying ree-loating larvae, and many tropicalspecies down the west coast.