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:
- 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 () 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 () 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.
Spencer Gulf and West Coast prawn fishery management
- Spencer Gulf Prawn Fishery Management Plan ()
- West Coast Prawn Fishery management policy ()
- West Coast Prawn Fishery Harvest Strategy ()
Ecologically Sustainable Development Risk Assessment
Stock assessment reports
Stock assessment reports
- Spencer Gulf Prawn Penaeus (Melicertus) latisulcatus Fishery. Fishery Assessment Report August 2019 ()
- Status of the West Coast Prawn Penaeus (Melicertus) latisulcatus Fishery in 2018 ()
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.
Fishing activities in the Spencer Gulf and West Coast Prawn Fisheries are regulated under:
- Fisheries Management (Prawn Fisheries) Regulations 2017
- Fisheries Management (General) Regulations 2017.
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