The South Australian sardine fishery targets the Australian Sardine. The sardine fishery is a component of the marine scalefish fishery.
The area of the fishery includes all South Australian waters out to the 200 nautical mile Australian Exclusive Economic Zone.
There are no new licences available for the marine scalefish 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.
Quota entitlements can be transferred from one licence holder to another. Transfers are temporary.
See the Application to transfer sardine quota form () for more details.
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.
All persons who will act as master of the boat must be registered to the licence.
See the Application to change registration of a master/s () for more information.
Vessel Monitoring System
All marine scalefish fishery licence holders with sardine net entitlements are required to have an operational vessel monitoring system (VMS) fitted to their boat.
Sardine fishery management
- South Australian Commercial Marine Scalefish Fishery, PART B – Management arrangements for the taking of sardines ()
Stock assessment reports:
- Stock assessment of Australian Sardine (Sardinops sagax) off South Australia 2017 ()
- Spawning biomass of Sardine, Sardinops sagax, in waters off South Australia in 2019 ()
- Effectiveness of the industry Code of Practice in mitigating Interactions between short-beaked common dolphins and the South Australian Sardine Fishery: 2018-19 ()
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 Sardine Fishery is currently approved for export.
For more information, go to the South Australian fisheries page on the Department of the Environment website.
Rules and regulations
The Sardine Fishery is regulated under:
- Fisheries Management (Marine Scalefish Fisheries) Regulations 2017
- Fisheries Management (General) Regulations 2017.
See the Commercial Sardine Fishery User Guide () for more information on:
- permitted species
- size limits
- commercial limits
- gear rules
- licence transfers
- demerit points.
Phone: (08) 8429 0197
South Australian Sardine Industry Association
Paul Watson, Executive Officer
Phone: 0429 830 776