Snapper fishing in South Australia

Snapper is an iconic fish in South Australia and a primary target species for the commercial, recreational and charter boat fishing sectors.

The decline of Snapper stocks has been noted anecdotally by all three fishing sectors – recreational, commercial and charter – for a number of years and is supported by the latest science.

South Australia now faces a serious challenge in relation to the future management of Snapper in this state. Serious action will be required from all fishing sectors – commercial, recreational and charter – to achieve longer term improvement to return the Snapper fishery to sustainable stock levels.

As a result, tough decisions have been made to secure the long-term future of the Snapper fishery for all South Australian fishers, businesses and regional fishing communities. Find out more about the 2019 Snapper Management review.

Snapper tags for recreational fishers

Applications for the 2020 Snapper ballot are now closed. Without a Recreational Snapper tag you cannot fish for Snapper in South Australia.

If you were successful in the ballot and hold Recreational Snapper tags, make sure you know the rules and guidelines for targeting Snapper.

Catching Snapper in the South East

Snapper fishing in the South East is open from 1 February to 31 October each year. A total allowable catch (TAC) for Snapper has been set across all sectors in the South East and is managed through a tag system for the charter boat and recreational sectors.

Find out more about catching Snapper in the South East.

What is PIRSA doing to replenish Snapper stocks?

Additional support measures have been established to support the need for urgent action to protect the future of Snapper stocks in South Australia. Find out more about the additional support measures.

Page Last Reviewed: 02 Apr 2020
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