All SA waters will reopen to Snapper fishing next week, as the Snapper spawning spatial closures come to an end at midday on Tuesday 31 January.
Five key Snapper spawning aggregation areas - four in Spencer Gulf and one in Gulf St Vincent - have remained closed to Snapper fishing since the statewide Snapper fishing ban ended on 15 December 2016.
Quotes attributable to PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Director Operations, Peter Dietman
Snapper is an incredibly important species to our recreational, commercial and charter fisheries and these spatial closures are a vital part of management arrangements aimed at the protection and recovery of local Snapper stocks.
Fishers are reminded to familiarise themselves with the new recreational fishing limits for Snapper, which came into effect on 1 December 2016.
Overall we have been pleased with the level of compliance during the closure period, with the majority of fishers adhering to the spatial closures and the new bag, boat and size limits for Snapper.
The South Australian recreational fishing limits for Snapper are:
Bag Limit (per person)
Boat Limit (3 or more persons onboard)
The spatial closures have been in place each summer since 2013/14 to provide additional protection to significant spawning aggregations throughout the duration of their breeding season, which typically runs from November to January in SA waters.