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 the recreational, commercial and charter sectors for several years and is supported by the latest science.

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

In 2019, tough decisions were announced 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.

Catching Snapper in the South East

The Snapper fishing season in the South East is now closed. Taking Snapper in all waters of South Australia is banned until the South East reopens on 1 February 2021.

Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Snapper has been set across all sectors 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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