Div­i­dends from snap­per stock

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

A GOS­NELLS per­sonal trainer is the new Guin­ness World Record holder for do­ing the ex­er­cise gym­go­ers love to hate. Levi Kis­sick Ponga last month smashed the record for the most chest-to-ground burpees in one minute to raise money for can­cer re­search ahead of Daf­fodil Day this Fri­day.

Mr Ponga said it was a cause close to his heart af­ter watch­ing his older brother Cory go through prostate can­cer treat­ment and los­ing fam­ily mem­bers to the dis­ease, in­clud­ing his grand­fa­ther.

“As I was do­ing it, I was telling my­self that the pain is noth­ing like what can­cer pa­tients go through,” he said.

The father-of-two man­aged 34 chest-to-ground burpees in just 60 se­conds – beat­ing the pre­vi­ous record by four – in front of a crowd of more than 70 sup­port­ers at Plus Fit­ness Wat­tle Grove.

To donate, visit doit­for­cancer.com.au/fundrais­ers/burpeesfor­cancer or get in­volved with Daf­fodil Day by vis­it­ing daf­fodil­day.com.au or call­ing 1300 65 65 85. MANY pink snap­per will be about 11 years old when caught dur­ing the peak pe­riod of recre­ational fish­ing.

That will be be­fore Cock­burn and Warn­bro sounds close to pro­tect breed­ing stocks for four months from Septem­ber 31.

“Many of these fish are the re­sult of a very good pop­u­la­tion re­cruit­ment pulse from 2007 and are likely to form part of the ag­gre­ga­tions,” De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment fish­eries man­age­ment of­fi­cer Shane Wal­ters said.

A large recre­ational fish­ery for the prized species has de­vel­oped in the months be­fore the clo­sures each year, which fol­lowed a 2001-04 study of their spawn­ing in mul­ti­ple places in the sound.

It is not un­known for up to 100 small ves­sels, in­clud­ing kayaks and tin­nies, to fish spots in evenings and dawns where a pre-clo­sure school of snap­per has be­come known, in part be­cause of so­cial me­dia posts.

Mr Wal­ters said the num­ber of snap­per an­nu­ally join­ing the pop­u­la­tion com­prised one to two strong years each decade, with weaker sea­sons be­tween.

“Spawn­ing ac­tiv­ity is usu­ally at its great­est be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber, but typ­i­cally peaks around the new moon at the time when wa­ter tem­per­a­tures reach 19C to 21C, typ­i­cally in Novem­ber,” he said.

Some recre­ational fish­ers op­posed to a new outer har­bour at Hen­der­son say ad­ja­cent wharves and groynes are a prime site for breed­ing.

How­ever, a Jour­nal of Fish Bi­ol­ogy pa­per showeds snap­per spawn­ing ar­eas through­out the sound, start­ing in its deep basin and mov­ing clock­wise as breed­ing pro­gresses.


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