In 2014, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) administered the SA Marine Parks: Commercial Fisheries Voluntary Catch/Effort Reduction Program on behalf of the State Government.
The program aimed to reduce commercial fisheries catch and effort to mitigate any potential biological or economic effects from the redistribution of commercial fishing effort outside marine park sanctuary zones.
The likely impacts on the commercial catch/effort of South Australian fisheries were estimated in a South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) report.
Through the program, commercial fishers in the following fisheries were invited to make offers to voluntarily surrender their licence and/or entitlements:
- Western and Central Zone Abalone
- Northern and Southern Zone Rock Lobster
- Marine Scalefish
As a result of the program, the entire estimated displacement catch and effort was successfully acquired through a voluntary process.