Recreational fishers are reminded to familiarise themselves with the new recreational fishing rules following detections at Port Augusta last month.
Approximately 55 fishers were checked at both local boat ramps and beaches in Port Augusta for compliance with daily bag, boat and size limits, with six on the spot fines issued for Razorfish and Blue Swimmer Crab related offences.
Fisheries Officers also conducted the first of a number of scheduled inspections of local businesses including as far as Hawker, following reports of recreationally caught fish and Razorfish being sold in the region.
Quotes attributable to PIRSA Fisheries & Aquaculture Senior Fisheries Officer, Mick Cresshull
It is pleasing to see the majority of recreational fishers checking their catch and following the new size, boat and bag limit rules, along with local business doing the right thing by buying their catch from commercial fishers or fish processors.
It is disappointing however to continue to catch a minority of fishers who do not count their catch or who keep undersize Blue Swimmer Crabs.
The rules are in place for a reason - they are vital measures to support the sustainability of our fish stocks, allow for a fair days fishing, maintain quality recreational fishing for future and to ensure each fishing sector is operating within its allocated catch share for each key species.
For recreational fishers, information on recreational fishing rules in South Australia is available at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing, via the SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app available at www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp or by calling the 24-hour Fishwatch number.
Recreationally caught fish cannot be purchased, traded or sold under any conditions. Maximum penalties of $20,000 and imprisonment for up to 2 years can apply to individuals found to be selling their recreational catch, with businesses risking fines of up to $250,000.
Illegal or suspicious activity can be reported via the SA Recreational fishing smartphone app or by calling Fishwatch on 1800 065 522. Callers can speak to a Fisheries Officer and may choose to remain anonymous.