New recreational fishing rules, including changes to King George Whiting and 25 other species, were announced by the State Government earlier this month and will come into effect on 1 December 2016.
The changes to legal limits and management arrangements follow extensive statewide community and industry consultation held earlier this year.
- Reduced bag/boat limits for Garfish, Samsonfish, Western Blue Groper, large Yellowtail Kingfish, Australian Herring (Tommy Ruff), Scallops and Blue Swimmer Crab / Sand Crabs
- Increased size limits for Bream, Mulloway (marine waters) and Samsonfish
- Reduced bag/boat limit for Snapper in Spencer Gulf
- Increased bag/boat limit for Spangled Perch
- Introduction of recreational limits for Albacore, Whaler Sharks, Congolli, Bloodworms, Sea Urchin, Trevally, Wrasse and Harlequin Fish
- Introduction of a vehicle limit on Pipi and boat limits for Mulloway in the Coorong and Yabbies
- Simplified limits on Hyrtl’s/Silver Tandan Catfish
- Removal of limits on Yellowfin Tuna, and
- Protection for Cooper Creek Catfish.
New arrangements to improve the stock status of one of the State’s most iconic and popular species, King George Whiting, are also being introduced. The changes are:
- Reduced statewide daily bag limit to 10 and a boat limit to 30 (previously 12 and 36);
- Increased legal minimum size limit to 32 cm in all waters East of Cape Catastrophe on the tip of the Eyre Peninsula at 136 ̊E (previously 31 cm). West of this point, the size limit will remain at 30 cm.
- Introduction of a spatial spawning closure for King George Whiting from 1-31 May in an area of southern Spencer Gulf, southern Gulf St Vincent and Investigator Strait, to protect this key spawning area during a critical reproductive period. During the closure, the targeting, take and possession of King George Whiting by all fishing sectors, will be prohibited.
It is important that all fishers familiarise themselves with the new rules and play their part in protecting the health of our fish stocks.
These changes are vital measures to support the sustainability of our fish stocks, to allow for ‘a fair day’s fishing’, to maintain quality recreational fishing for future generations of South Australians and to ensure each fishing sector is operating within its allocated catch share for each key species.
For more information and details on all the new changes www.pir.sa.gov.au/newrecfishrules