The annual Snapper fishing closure across South Australia will begin at midday on Thursday 1 November 2018.
The closure protects Snapper stocks during their key breeding season, and will run from midday on Thursday 1 November through to midday on Saturday 15 December for all fishing sectors.
Fishers are reminded that during this time, the targeting and taking of Snapper in all South Australian waters is prohibited.
PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Executive Director, Sean Sloan, said that the annual closure was an important fisheries management tool.
“Protecting our prized Snapper stocks during their breeding season is critical, so every year we close the season to commercial and recreational fishers,” Mr Sloan said.
“Snapper aggregate each year in South Australian waters to spawn, and it is important they are free to do so without any disturbance caused by fishing activities, which may alter their behaviour and impact on the success of this important reproductive period.
“During the closure Snapper must not be targeted, including catch and release activities, and any Snapper caught unintentionally must be carefully and immediately released and returned to the water.
“Fisheries Officers will conduct regular patrols and inspections during the closure to monitor fishing activity both on land and at sea, and ensure fishers are complying with the closure rules.”
For more information on the closures and recreational fishing rules in South Australia visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing
Members of the public are encouraged to report suspicious or illegal fishing behaviour to Fishwatch on 1800 065 522 or via the free SA Recreational Fishing Guide app, which can be downloaded via www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp