Miscellaneous fishery

The Miscellaneous fishery includes:

  • species that are not in management arrangements of existing commercial fisheries
  • specialised fisheries
  • multiple types of fishing gear.

Many of the fisheries included are low production, low value, or both. Biological information on most of the miscellaneous species is limited.

Species taken by the Miscellaneous fishery are:

  • sea urchins
  • scallop
  • native oyster
  • giant crab
  • Australian Salmon
  • beachcast seagrass and macro-algae
  • Eyre golden perch
  • Welch’s grunter
  • Barcoo grunter.


There are no new licences available in the miscellaneous fishery and licences are non-transferable.


Miscellaneous Fishery licences expire on 30 June every year.


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 installments.

Boat registration and de-registration

Every boat that is used for commercial fishing must be registered.

Use the application to vary a boat registration endorsement (PDF 266.4 KB) to register or de-register a boat.

Vessel Monitoring System

Miscellaneous Fishery licences that take giant crabs are required to have an operational vessel monitoring system (VMS) fitted to their boat.

More information about VMS.

Boat master registration

Everyone who will act as a boat master must be registered and endorsed on the miscellaneous fishery licence.

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

Miscellaneous Fishery Giant Crab quota transfer

Licence holders with giant crab quota can negotiate to transfer their quota entitlements to another licence holder. This can be done on a temporary or permanent basis. More details about quota transfers are available on the form below:

Application to transfer giant crab quota units (PDF 272.2 KB)

Miscellaneous fishery management

The Miscellaneous fishery is regulated by:

There is no management plan for the Miscellaneous fishery. There is a policy for the harvest of giant crabs in the Miscellaneous fishery and Rock lobster fishery and for the commercial harvest of a range of species (including scallops, sea urchins, turbo and native oysters) by diving:

Management arrangements for the Miscellaneous fishery depend on licence or permit conditions.
They may include:

  • Total allowable commercial catch for giant crab and catch limits for other species.
  • Restrictions on gear quantity and type that can be used.
  • Closed seasons.
  • Protection of spawning female giant crabs and size limits.
  • Non-transferrable licences.
  • Vessel monitoring system and boat master registration.


View the Ministerial determinations.


There are no stock status reports for the Miscellaneous fishery as a whole.

There are stock status reports for giant crabs and Australian salmon:

Department of Environment

The Commonwealth Department of the Environment requires that all commercial fisheries that export product be assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Product from the Miscellaneous Fishery is currently approved for export.

For more information, go to the South Australian fisheries page on the Department of the Environment website.


See the closures page for closure information.


For licence information contact:

PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture, Systems and Information
Phone: (08) 8204 1370
Email: pirsa.fisheriesLicensing@sa.gov.au

For information about the Miscellaneous Fishery management contact:

Annabel Jones
Program Leader, Commercial fisheries
Phone: (08) 8429 0165
Email: annabel.jones@sa.gov.au

Page Last Reviewed: 31 Oct 2019
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