Anglers along the River Murray are being reminded to follow the strict rules in place to support sustainable fishing practices following a recent spate of illegal incidents picked up by Fisheries Officers.
PIRSA Fisheries Officers patrolled areas between Blanchetown and Renmark in mid-June following detailed tip-offs from the public to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 065 522.
The patrols by Fisheries Officers in Blanchetown detected a large illegal fish trap and an Adelaide man in possession of Silver Perch which is a protected species.
Another Adelaide man was also cautioned for using excess rods. Currently, an individual fisher is permitted to only use a maximum of two rods or two handlines or one of each device.
Fisheries Officers also allegedly caught a Truro man in possession of 39 Golden Perch (Callop) during an inspection near Lock 4, between Loxton and Berri – 34 more than the maximum daily bag limit.
“I would like to thank those members of the public who relayed their concerns to Fishwatch about illegal activities on the River Murray which assisted Fisheries Officers to catch illegal fishers red handed,” said Minister Whetstone.
“It is important to highlight this type of illegal behaviour along the River Murray as I am sure the public would be concerned this is happening.
“Most recreational fishers do the right thing because they are passionate about making sure our river and fish stocks remain healthy.”
If you see any suspicious or illegal fishing activity, please call Fishwatch on 1800 065 522. The hotline is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Your information is vital in helping to stop illegal fishing activity in South Australian waters.
Fishers can also access information about bag and size limits, protected species and closures by downloading the free SA Recreational Fishing Guide app.