Citizen science to unlock the secrets of Broome’s threadfin salmon

by WA Government News | Aug 29, 2017
  • Broome recreational fishers and Yawuru traditional owners join forces in citizen science project studying threadfin salmon
  • The project, which is funded through recreational fishing licence fees, is being led by North Regional TAFE 

Fisheries and Science Minister Dave Kelly today announced Broome recreational fishers and Yawuru traditional owners will begin sampling threadfin salmon in Roebuck Bay, in an exciting citizen science project aimed at better understanding populations. 

The project will see the recreational fishing community work in collaboration with Yawuru traditional owners to catch, record, tag, and release 1,000 threadfin salmon over the coming months. 

Threadfin salmon are identified in the Yawuru Nagulagun/Roebuck Bay Marine Park Management Plan as a key species targeted for recreational and customary fishing. This project will answer important questions about population dynamics and fish movement for the development of culturally and ecologically sustainable management arrangements for this iconic fish. 

North Regional TAFE is leading the project in response to community interest in better understanding threadfin salmon populations in Roebuck Bay.

This project was funded through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund. For more information, visit

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