The Spencer Gulf Prawn Fishery will continue to be managed by both the State Government and industry, following the completion of a successful first year trial of arrangements to allow industry to play a greater role in administering the fishery and ensuring its sustainability.
The Spencer Gulf and West Coast Prawn Fishermen's Association (SGWCPFA) has been leading the operational decision making for the fishery, based on on-going research and monitoring over the past year under a formal delegation from the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development.
This formal delegation of regulatory decision making powers to an industry body is the first of its kind in Australia.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said it's important to ensure the best management arrangements are in place for the iconic western king prawn species.
"Both the State Government and the Spencer Gulf and West Coast Prawn Fishermen's Association are committed to a sustainable future for the fishery," said Minister Whetstone.
"The Spencer Gulf and West Coast Prawn Fishermen's Association has a long history of adhering to the requirements of the fishery's harvest strategy.
"We will continue to work together to protect this fishery, which is enjoyed on tables across the world and is particularly popular in Australia throughout summer.
"The fishery is recognised worldwide as leader in sustainable ‘real-time' fisheries management after becoming the first prawn fishery in the Asia Pacific region to gain certification by the Marine Stewardship Council in 2011.
"This level of global recognition has been possible through the innovation and leadership shown by the industry and the strong partnership and collaboration with PIRSA fisheries managers and scientists. The Spencer Gulf King Prawn fishery is an important part of our fisheries sector and has 39 licensed prawn fishers."
SGWCPFA Executive Officer Simon Clark said he was pleased to continue to share responsibility for the management arrangements for the fishery.
"It has been a privilege to have been granted this delegation by the Minister, in recognition of the co-management practices for the Spencer Gulf king prawn resource," said Mr Clark.