The spawning population of our state’s iconic Giant Australian Cuttlefish at Point Lowly near Whyalla continues to thrive, with numbers on the increase.
Often referred to as the ‘rock stars of the ocean’ for their active but short life span, Giant Australian Cuttlefish population numbers were at one point hovering around 13 000.
The annual population survey carried out by SARDI researchers from May through to July this year at Point Lowly revealed that Cuttlefish numbers are now closer to 128 000.
This year’s population estimate is the third highest recorded over the last decade, and it is encouraging to once again see large numbers of Giant Australian Cuttlefish aggregate in the northern Spencer Gulf.
The last five years of research has clearly demonstrated the population’s capacity to rebound from low numbers very quickly.
Fishing closures are in place for Cuttlefish in the northern Spencer Gulf until 15 February 2018, which extends to all waters north of Arno Bay on the Eyre Peninsula to Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula.
Additionally, there is a permanent cephalopod (squid, cuttlefish and octopus) fishing closure in the waters of False Bay. View more details about the northern Spencer Gulf Cuttlefish closure.