Fishing closures

Below is a list of all:

  • permanent
  • seasonal
  • temporary

fishing closures in South Australian waters.

See the catch limits page for daily bag and boat limits.

All species

Details: Total fishing ban.


  • River Murray within 150m of all locks and weirs.
  • Wirrina Cove. A radius of 0.5 nautical miles centered around this point:
    • latitude 35°28.9’S
    • longitude 138°09.5’E
  • in the area within 25 metres of Horseshoe Reef.


All bottom dwelling organisms

Blue Groper

  • Closure time: all year
  • Location: Includes all waters north of a line from Newland Head to Cape Willoughby and north from a line from West Bat to Cape Carnot on the Southern Eyre Peninsula.

Map of closed area for Blue Groper (PDF 632.8 KB)


Closed Season:

Cephalopods – Cuttlefish, Squid, and Octopus

Closure time: all year

Location: False Bay, Spencer Gulf - all waters within a line:

  • from the lighthouse at Point Lowly to the southern end of the Point Bonython jetty
  • south-west to the eastern most point of the BHP Jetty:
    • latitude 33°02’12.63”S
    • longitude 137°36’1.98”E
  • then following a high water mark at the base of the jetty along the shoreline back to the Point Lowly lighthouse.

Download a map of cephalopod closure area (PDF 290.8 KB).

Cuttlefish only

Closure time: until 15 February 2019

Location: northern Spencer Gulf:

  • starting at the Mean High Water Springs closest to:
    • latitude 33°55’39.942”S
    • longitude 136°34’20.131”E
    • near Arno Bay
  • to the Mean High Water Springs closest to:
    • latitude 33°55’39.942”S
    • longitude 137°37’14.527”E
    • Wallaroo Jetty.

Download a map of the cuttlefish and cephalopod closure area (PDF 489.6 KB).

Hand netting - Onkaparinga River

Hand nets for the taking of shrimps for bait only in the waters of the estuary and the Onkaparinga River upstream to the Noarlunga Bypass Bridge on Main South Road.

King George Whiting

  • Closure time: 1-31 May
  • Location: An area of southern Spencer Gulf, southern Gulf St Vincent and Investigator Strait to protect this key spawning area during a critical reproductive period.

King George Whiting spatial closure map (PDF 403.0 KB)

Murray Cod

It is an offence to lift or remove Murray Cod from South Australian waters.

Seasonal closure

  • Closure time: 1 August to 31 December (inclusive). No trolling from a moving vessel is allowed within these dates, excluding Coorong waters.
  • Location: River Murray and Lower Lakes.

During open season - 1 January to 31 July - Murray Cod can only be targeted for catch and release.

Permanent closure

Closure time: all year.

Location: Any section of the Chowilla floodplain between:

  • Ral Ral Creek
    • latitude 34°9'46.70"S
    • longitude 140°45'30.38"E
  • border of South Australia and New South Wales
    • latitude 34°1'14.60"S
    • longitude 141°0’9.69"E.

Pipis (Goolwa cockles)

Seasonal closure

  • Closure time: 1 June to 31 October (inclusive)
  • Location: No recreational fishing for Pipis is allowed on the Younghusband Peninsula between the Murray Mouth and 28 Mile Crossing.

During open season recreational fishing for pipis is restricted to 2 areas:

  • the Sir Richard Peninsula north of the Murray mouth
  • between 28 Mile Crossing and the Victoria/SA border.

Download map of recreational and commercial Pipi fishing areas (JPG 476.4 KB)


  • Permanent closure: all South Australian waters less than 10 metres deep.
  • Seasonal closure: January and February.


  • Closure time: 1 October to end of February inclusive.
  • Location: area between beacons 8, 9, 13, 19, 20, 21, 23, 28 and the shore of the Spencer Gulf to the West.

Map of the Razorfish closure area (PDF 1.0 MB)

Rock lobster

Permanent closure


Seasonal closures

Northern zone:

Closure time:

  • from 6.00 pm 31 May
  • to 12.00 pm 1 November.

Closure location: West from longitude 139°0’4.80” to the Western Australia border. Area includes Kangaroo Island.

Map of northern zone rock lobster fishing area (JPG 162.2 KB)

Southern zone:

Closure time:

  • from 6.00 pm 31 May
  • to 6.00 am 1 October.

Closure location: East from longitude 139°0’4.80” to the Victorian border.

Map of southern zone rock lobster fishing area (JPG 162.2 KB)

Shellfish (bivalve molluscs) in the Port River

Closure time: Closed until further notice.

The taking of all bivalve shellfish (including oysters, mussels, cockles, razorfish) is not permitted from the Port River until further notice. The ban has been implemented to reduce the risk of spreading the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) virus that has been detected in feral Pacific Oysters in the Port River.

Map of Port River bivalve closure (PDF 272.5 KB).

Shellfish (bivalve molluscs) in West Lakes

  • Closure time: all year.
  • Location: All waters of West Lakes and Port Adelaide River between Bower Road, Semaphore Park and the junction of Lipson Reach and North Arm, Port Adelaide.


Seasonal closures

Closure time: midday 1 November to midday 15 December statewide.

Snapper spawning spatial closures are also in place midday 15 December to midday 31 January. Commercial and recreational fishers are prohibited from possessing, targeting, and taking snapper in these areas during the spatial closure period.


Snapper spawning areas in:

  • Spencer Gulf
  • Gulf of Saint Vincent.

Snapper spatial closures map (PDF 514.8 KB)

Vongole (Mud Cockle)

  • Closure time: until 30 June 2019.
  • Location: Port River and surrounding waters. The Port River Vongole (Mud Cockle) fishing zone is closed to both recreational and commercial fishing.

Map of Port River Vongole (Mud Cockle) fishing zone closure (PDF 230.8 KB)

Western Blue Groper

A closure applies at all times in:

  • Spencer Gulf
  • Gulf of St Vincent
  • Investigator Strait
  • Backstairs Passage.

Yorke Peninsula shellfish reef

Fishing closure times: Currently open to recreational fishing

Anchoring is prohibited at all times within the reef site to protect reef structures. See the water traffic restrictions Public Notice (PDF 55.3 KB)

Location: the restrictions apply within the GPS co-ordinates:

  • 34˚30′36.22″ South, 137°53′56.91″ East
  • 34˚30′29.74″ South, 137°53′57.15″ East
  • 34˚30′36.42″ South, 137°54′04.75″ East
  • 34˚30′29.94″ South, 137°54′04.99″ East
Page Last Reviewed: 30 Jan 2017
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