Recreational fishers can once again enjoy collecting Pipi (Goolwa Cockles), with the Pipi fishing season open on Thursday 1 November.
The popular species can be found along the entire length of Goolwa Beach, from the Murray Mouth to Middleton Point, and from 28 Mile Beach right down to the South Australian/Victorian border.
The area between the Murray Mouth and 28 Mile Crossing on the Younghusband Peninsula (Coorong Beach) remains closed to recreational fishers as this is a commercial-only fishing zone.
PIRSA Executive Director Fisheries and Aquaculture, Sean Sloan, reminded fishers that size and bag limits are in place for the collection of Pipis.
“Collecting Pipis is an enjoyable fishing experience that all of the family can get involved in, especially as they are easily accessible from the shore,” he said.
“However we do remind people to be mindful of the limits that are in place. Pipi must measure 3.5 cm across the widest part of the shell, with a maximum daily limit of 300 per person east of the line of longitude 136ºE (near Port Lincoln), with a vehicle possession limit of 900 Pipis when three or more people are present.
“These limits are in place to ensure our fisheries continue to be sustainable for future generations to enjoy.
“We encourage the community to report any suspicious activities to the 24 hour Fishwatch helpline 1800 065 552.
“It was public information that led to a recent investigation resulting in two people being convicted for exceeding the bag limit with the unlawful possession of 2,842 Pipis taken from Geltwood Beach, near Millicent, in January.
“PIRSA’s Fishcare Volunteers and Fisheries Officers will be on hand during the season when patrolling Pipi fishing beaches to answer questions about measuring Pipi and bag limits.”
The Pipi open season runs annually from 1 November to 31 May.