South Australians are invited to comment on proposed changes to recreational fishing in SA, including changes to some bag, boat and size limits.
Each year more than 277,000 men, women and children take part in recreational fishing in South Australia. It’s an important part of the South Australian way of life and a vital economic driver, particularly for our coastal and river communities.
To ensure this much-loved pursuit can be enjoyed by future generations, regular assessments of management arrangements are needed. The State Government is currently looking at a range of measures – including changes to some size, bag and boat limits – in order to manage recreational fishing.
Three papers, which outline the proposals, have been released for public comment:
- The Draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia outlines an overarching framework for the sustainable management of the recreational fishery over the next five years, including a harvest strategy and details on the allocation of fisheries resources between sectors.
- The Review of size, boat and bag limits in South Australia’s recreational fishing sector, marine and freshwater outlines proposed changes to size, bag and boat limits that are set on certain species; and
- The Management options for King George Whiting in South Australia seeks to address concerns over the sustainability of King George Whiting stocks in the Spencer Gulf and the Gulf St Vincent / Kangaroo Island region by providing a range of options for future management arrangements of the species.
A series of public meetings have been held to provide details on the proposals, give the community an opportunity to ask questions and provide input. Additional community meeting dates have been added for April. Please register your attendance at your selected public meeting by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (08) 8429 0516.
Feedback can be submitted until 5pm Friday 29 April 2016.
For more information, community meeting dates and details on how to have your say visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingreview