Catching Snapper in the South East

Snapper fishing in South Australia is open from 1 February to 31 October each year in the South East. The waters in the West Coast, Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent regions (PDF 347.9 KB) remain closed.  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. Without a Recreational Snapper tag you cannot fish for Snapper in South Australia.

Total Allowable Catch for all sectors

A Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) has been established for the commercial sector and a Total Allowable Recreational Catch (TARC) for the Recreational and Charter Boat sectors for the South East Snapper fishing season will commence on 1 February 2020. The allocation of Snapper resource shares between sectors is consistent with the Management Plan for the South Australian Commercial Marine Scalefish Fishery (PDF 2.1 MB).

  • The TAC has been set at 75,000 kilograms.
  • The TACC has been set at 60,750 kilograms.
  • The Charter Boat Fishery component of the TARC has been set at 7,500 kilograms (equivalent to 3,788 harvest tags or 49 tags per active Charter Boat Fishery licence holder).
  • The recreational component of the TARC has been set at 6,000 kilograms (equivalent to 3,030 harvest tags).
  • The TAC also includes a nominal amount set aside for Aboriginal traditional fishing activity.

Recreational fishers

  • A minimum size limit of 38 cm will continue to apply.
  • All recreational fishers will be required to use a ‘release-weight’ when fishing to release undersized Snapper.
  • The recreational catch of snapper in the waters of the South East will no longer be managed by current bag and boat limits, but will be managed through a Recreational Snapper tag system.
  • All Recreational Snapper tag holders need to be in possession of the tags when fishing for Snapper
  • No catch and release fishing will be permitted.
  • Recreational fishers will not be permitted to transit through a Snapper closed area if they have Snapper on board their vessel.
  • A tag must be immediately attached to the Snapper once it has been removed from the water and cannot be removed until it is processed or consumed.
  • Tags are not permitted to be transferred.
  • Tags are colour-coded with a unique number to ensure they are only used in the 2020 season.
  • All tag recipients are required to report tags used. The Snapper catch record form will be provided to successful tag applicants and will be available on the PIRSA website shortly.

Charter boat fishers

  • A minimum size limit of 38 cm will continue to apply.
  • All recreational fishers, including on a charter boat, will be required to use ‘release-weight’ when fishing to release undersized Snapper.
  • The taking of Snapper on a charter boat in the waters of the South East will no longer be managed by current bag and boat limits, but will be managed through a tag system.
  • A Charter Boat Snapper tag must be immediately attached to the Snapper once it has been removed from the water and the tag cannot be removed until it is processed or consumed.
  • Charter Boat operators who wish to target Snapper in the South East, but want to traverse through the closure, will have the opportunity to apply for a Ministerial exemption.
  • Consistent with statutory reporting requirements, Charter Boat operators are required to report all Snapper caught to PIRSA.

Commercial fishers

  • A minimum size limit of 38 cm will continue to apply.
  • A 350 kg daily commercial trip limit and a possession limit of 1050 kg with no limits to the days fished.
  • A maximum of 400 hooks per vessel at any one time.
  • No transfer of Snapper onto other vessels will be permitted whilst at sea.
  • A reporting system and a Snapper catch and disposal record system will be required.
  • The commercial fisheries with access to Snapper will be closed once the total allowable commercial catch of 60,750 kg is reached.
  • Consistent with statutory reporting requirements, commercial fishers are required to report all Snapper caught to PIRSA.
Page Last Reviewed: 19 Jan 2020
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