All SA waters will reopen to Snapper fishing this weekend, as the Snapper spawning spatial closures come to an end at midday on Wednesday 31 January.
Five key Snapper spawning aggregation areas - four in Spencer Gulf and one in Gulf St Vincent - have remained closed to Snapper fishing since the statewide Snapper fishing ban ended on 15 December 2017.
Quotes attributable to PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Director Operations, Peter Dietman
Snapper is an incredibly important species to our recreational, commercial and charter fisheries and these spatial closures are a vital part of management arrangements aimed at the protection and recovery of local Snapper stocks.
Fisheries Officers patrolled the areas during the closure period, detecting two vessels targeting Snapper inside the Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf closures and issued two cautions to fishers.
Overall we have been pleased with the level of compliance during the closure period and thank fishers for their co-operation during the closures.
The spatial closures have been in place each summer since 2013/14 to provide additional protection to significant spawning aggregations throughout the duration of their breeding season, which typically runs from November to January in SA waters.