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New Snapper Hub gives SA fishers one stop shop

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A dedicated information hub providing a one-stop source of information relating to the Snapper Science Program and Snapper recovery has been been launched.

The webpage, located on the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) website, includes an overview of the research program which involves 12 projects related to biology and ecology, estimates of biomass, and monitoring and assessment which will be regularly updated throughout the program.

The three-year, $5 million Snapper Science Program is funded by the Australian Government’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and the South Australian Government from its $8.8 million recovery package, which was announced in response to the extended closure of the Spencer Gulf / West Coast and Gulf St Vincent Snapper Stocks.

Led by PIRSA’s research division, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the Snapper Science Program is a collaboration between commercial and recreational industry stakeholders and researchers from various institutes and universities throughout southern Australia.

The program includes a range of projects focused on recruitment variability, population biology, stock structure and estimates of fishable biomass.

Primary Industries Minister, Clare Scriven said “there is enormous interest in our Snapper fishery, especially given the closures, so having this resource available online is important to keep everyone informed of the science behind our decision making.

The Snapper Hub also highlights the great work dedicated to the fishery recovery and it is essential we have a one-stop shop for all information about this important program.”

The online Snapper Hub can be viewed by clicking here .

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