The annual Snapper fishing closure comes to an end at midday on Thursday 15 December, however five key spawning sites will continue to remain closed to all Snapper fishing activity until the end of January 2017.
The Snapper spatial spawning closures are designed to protect Snapper stocks from fishing pressure at these key locations and reduce the risk of disturbance to their breeding behaviour during this critical reproductive period.
Snapper spatial spawning closures are in place at four sites in Spencer Gulf and a fifth site in Gulf St Vincent and will remain closed to Snapper fishing until midday on Tuesday 31 January 2017.
At these five key sites, all fishing sectors are prohibited from possessing, targeting and taking Snapper within the 4 km radius of each closure (see map ()).
Quotes attributable to PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Director Policy, Sean Sloan
Snapper is a highly valued species to our recreational, commercial and charter fisheries and the closure of these five key sites will continue to support the protection and recovery of local Snapper stocks.
Importantly, the closures only restrict Snapper fishing in the five spatial areas, so anglers can still take advantage of the many Snapper fishing opportunities available outside these areas when the season reopens on 15 December.
PIRSA Fisheries Officers will continue to patrol popular fishing spots throughout the summer period to ensure compliance with fishing rules and educate fishers about the recent changes that came into effect on 1 December.
For Snapper, this includes the introduction of standardised limits across the state.
A map of the Snapper fishing spatial closure areas is available online at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing or through the free SA Recreational Fishing Guide app which can be downloaded via www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp
Snapper fishing limits
Size Limit: 38-60cm / Bag Limit: 5 / Boat Limit: 15
Size Limit: >60 cm / Bag Limit: 2 / Boat Limit: 6
Suspicious or illegal fishing activity can be reported through the SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app or to the 24 hour Fishwatch number on 1800 065 522. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.