Charter boat fishery

Revised Charter Boat Fishery Management Plan

A revised Charter Boat Fishery Management Plan (PDF 1.5 MB) was adopted on 1 April 2019.

The changes to the fishery under this revised plan are aimed at encouraging industry revitalisation and enabling the charter boat sector to take advantage of opportunities to diversify.

Initiatives of the management plan

  • A trial of modified arrangements to allow more flexibility in the use of recreational rock lobster pots on charter boats. The details of this trial will be developed by PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture with the charter and rock lobster fishing sectors.
  • Amendments to bag and boat limits for the fishery, including a move to adopt individual catch limits for certain species for clarity and simplicity. This involves reduced individual personal catch limits and a removal of boat limits.

Revised catch limits

Revised individual catch limits (per person, per day) apply to the following species:

  • Abalone (all species)
  • Albacore
  • Barracouta
  • Bight Redfish/Yelloweye Redfish
  • Blue Morwong (Queen Snapper)
  • Bream
  • Cuttlefish (sepia species)
  • Eastern School Whiting
  • Flathead
  • Flounder
  • Gemfish
  • Gummy/School Shark
  • Morwong (Jackass)
  • Mullet (all species)
  • Mulloway (outside Coorong)
  • Razorfish
  • Salmon (Western Australian)
  • Snook
  • Southern Calamari
  • Southern Rock Lobster
  • Swallowtail
  • Sweep
  • Trevally (all species)
  • Vongole (Mud Cockle)
  • Yellowfin Whiting

Charter boat fishery overview

Charter boat fishing is considered a commercial platform for recreational fishing. The charter boat fishery is managed through a licensing and registration system.

Charter boat fishing happens in South Australian marine waters and has bag, boat, size and trip limits. These might vary from limits that apply to individual fishers.


No new licences for charter boat fishing are currently being issued. Charter boat licences can be purchased from existing licence holders.


Charter boat fishery licences are issued for the term of the management plan. The revised management plan is effective from 1 April 2019 until 30 June 2021.


Commercial licence fees must be paid each financial year. Invoices are issued annually in June.

Payments can be made:

  • up-front
  • in a lump sum
  • in quarterly instalments.

Licence transfer

Licences can be transferred from 1 person to another.

A joint application must be made by the:

  • holder of the charter boat fishing licence
  • transferee.

Use the Charter Boat Fishing Licence Transfer (PDF 396.1 KB) form.

Boat registration and de-registration

Every boat that is used for commercial fishing must be registered. Use the following form to register or de-register a boat.

Application to Vary a Boat Registration Charter Boat Fishery or PDF version (PDF 274.8 KB)

Boat master registration

All people who act as a commercial fishing boat master must be registered by the licence holder. Multiple boat masters can be registered using the form below.

Application to change registration of a master/s (PDF 385.8 KB)

Charter boat fishery management

Management plan:

Stock assessment reports:

Economic indicator reports:

Rules and closures


Charter boat operators must be aware of size, bags, boat and trip limits that apply to their operation. These might vary from limits that apply to individual recreational fishers.

Download the South Australian Charter Boat Fishing Limits brochure (PDF 1002.4 KB).

Recreational fishers are not allowed to sell their catch.


Charter boats are not allowed to fish in closed areas. See the closures page for closure locations.


The South Australian Charter Boat Fishery is regulated through the:

See the Commercial Charter Boat Fishery Operator User Guide 2018 (PDF 939.0 KB) for more information on:

  • permitted species
  • size limits
  • commercial limits
  • gear rules
  • closures
  • licence transfers
  • demerit points.


View the Ministerial determinations.


Kylie Leppa - Fisheries Management Officer
Phone: (08) 8429 0516

Page Last Reviewed: 29 Apr 2019
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