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Fish of the Gascoyne Coast

Fish of the Gascoyne Coast

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Published by: draculavanhelsing on Sep 09, 2012
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SPECIES IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
PUBLISHED AUGUST 2012
YOUr LICENCE FEES AT wOrk
GASCOYNE COAST rEGION
 
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INTRODUCTION
ABOUT THIS GUIDE
T
he Gascoyne Coast Bioregion extends rom the ZuytdorpClis, 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 relected 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 inluence 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.
 
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INTRODUCTION
North Coast
(Pilbara/Kimberley)
GascoyneCoastWestCoastSouth Coast
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KununurraBroomePort HedlandKarrathaOnslowExmouthCarnarvonDenhamKalbarriGeraldtonPerthAugustaBlack PointAlbany EsperanceEucla
115°30' E 114° 50' E 27°S 21°46' S 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S FISHERIES BIOREGIONS

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