Snapper (Pagrus auratus) are a mainstay of coastal recreational fisheries in south-eastern, southern and southwestern Australia. As bold and tenacious young squire they are often the first species encountered by young new rec fishers, and so play an important role in introducing many new participants to the joys or rec fishing. And as adults they’re hard fighting, drag-testing bruisers which avidly take both natural and artificial presentations, opening up a myriad of options for the keen angler.
A recent study undertaken by researchers from NSW DPI has been looking at whether snapper suffer from barotrauma from a range of depths, and if so, whether it reduces survival, and how best to treat it.
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