Prawn fishery - Spencer Gulf and West Coast

King prawns are taken in the Spencer Gulf and on the West Coast of Eyre Peninsula by these fisheries.

Prawn Fishery management plan consultation

Primary Industries and Regions SA has prepared a draft Management Plan for the South Australian Commercial Spencer Gulf Prawn Fishery. The draft plan and summary report have been released for public consultation until 5pm on 25 November 2019. Find out more.


There are no new licences available for commercial fishing in the Spencer Gulf and West Coast 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.

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)

Spencer Gulf and West Coast prawn fishery management

Management plans

Ecologically Sustainable Development Risk Assessment

Stock assessment reports

Stock assessment reports

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 Spencer Gulf and West Coast prawn fishery are 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 more information.


Fishing activities in the Spencer Gulf and West Coast Prawn Fisheries are regulated under:


View the Ministerial determinations.


Steve Shanks
Fishery Manager
Phone: (08) 8429 0197

SARDI Aquatic Sciences
Associate Professor Tim Ward, Acting Subprogram Leader – Inshore Crustaceans

Spencer Gulf and West Coast Prawn Fishermen’s Association
Simon Clark, Executive Officer

Page Last Reviewed: 20 Sep 2019
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