Prawn fishery - Gulf of St Vincent

King prawns are taken in the Gulf St Vincent by this fishery. Prawns are caught by trawlers during the night.


There are no new licences available for commercial fishing in the Gulf St Vincent prawn fishery.


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

Payments can be made:

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


Licences can be transferred from 1 person to another.

See the Application to transfer a Prawn Fishery licence (PDF 412.8 KB) for more information.

Gulf St Vincent Prawn units can be transferred.

See the GSV Prawn unit transfer (PDF 268.0 KB) for more information.

Boat registration and de-registration

All boats used for commercial fishing must be registered.

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

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)

Gulf St Vincent prawn fishery management

Download the Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishery Management Plan (PDF 2.4 MB)

Download the Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishery Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) Risk Assessment (PDF 797.6 KB)

Stock assessment report

Economic indicator reports:

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 Abalone 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.


Fishing activities in the Gulf St Vincent Prawn Fishery are regulated under:


View the Ministerial determinations.


Steve Shanks
Fishery Manager
Phone: (08) 8429 0197

St Vincent Gulf Prawn Boat Owner’s Association
Neil MacDonald, Executive Officer

Page Last Reviewed: 19 Jun 2019
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