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Recreational pipi fishery to open on 1 November

Monday 28 October 2019

Recreational fishers can once again enjoy collecting Pipi (Goolwa Cockles), as the annual season opens on Friday, 1 November.


Recreational fishers can once again enjoy collecting Pipi (Goolwa Cockles), as the annual season opens on Friday, 1 November.

The popular species can be found throughout the state with the area between the Murray Mouth and 28 Mile Crossing on the Younghusband Peninsula (Coorong Beach) remaining closed to recreational fishers. This is a commercial-only fishing zone for Pipi.

PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Executive Director Sean Sloan said with the annual season about to open, fishers should be aware of the size and bag limits in place for the collection of Pipis.

“While collecting Pipis is an enjoyable family fishing experience, particularly given this is a species easily accessible from the shore, it isn’t much fun if you are caught doing the wrong thing,” said Mr Sloan.

“The limits are in place to ensure our fisheries continue to be sustainable for future generations to enjoy.

“PIRSA 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.

“If you are fishing for Pipi on the Coorong or any beaches east of 136ºE, the limit is 300 per person and 900 per vehicle.

“If you are fishing for Pipi on the West Coast, west of 136ºE (located near Port Lincoln), then a bag limit of 100 and a vehicle limit of 300 applies.”

Mr Sloan said earlier this year two men were fined $890 for exceeding their Pipi bag and vehicle possession limits at Canunda National Park.

At the time a 46-year-old Victorian man from Dunkeld and a 38-year-old man from Allendale East, along with a youth, were detected by Fisheries Officers at Geltwood Beach with more than 1200 pipis.

“Anyone who comes across any suspicious or illegal fishing behaviour should report such activity to the 24-hour Fishwatch number on 1800 065 022,” he said.

The Pipi season runs annually from 1 November to 31 May.

For more information on Pipi fishing visit pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries

or download the SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app at pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp

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