Commercial fisheries

South Australia is considered a world leader in sustainable fisheries management. We produce premium seafood in our clean marine waters.

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is responsible for overseeing the ecologically sustainable development of the South Australia’s fish stocks. Management controls make sure commercial fisheries are viable and fish stocks are healthy.

The commercial wildcatch fishing industry creates employment and contributes to the economy in regional areas. Southern rock lobster, western king prawn and, abalone fisheries are the biggest contributors. The success of the South Australian fishing industry supports other industries such as processing and transport.

Snapper management review

The review of management arrangements for South Australia's Snapper fishery has been finalised.

New management measures to support the recovery Snapper stocks took effect on 1 November 2019.

Learn more about the Snapper management changes.

Commercial fisheries

The commercial fisheries are:

Each fishery page includes information about:

  • licensing
  • management
  • rules and closures
  • contact information.

Notices to commercial fishers

View the notices to commercial fishers


View the Ministerial determinations.

Public register

View information about the public register

Page Last Reviewed: 27 Sep 2019
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