The annual state-wide Snapper fishing closure comes to an end at midday on Friday 15 December, however five key spawning sites will continue to remain closed to all Snapper fishing activity until the end of January 2018.
Commercial and recreational fishers are prohibited from possessing, targeting and taking Snapper within the 4 km radius of each closure site during the closure period.
The Snapper spatial spawning closures were put in place to protect Snapper stocks from fishing pressure at these key locations and reduce the risk of disturbance to their breeding behaviour during this critical reproductive period.
Snapper spatial spawning closures are in place at four sites in Spencer Gulf and a fifth site in Gulf St Vincent and will remain closed to Snapper fishing until midday on Wednesday 31 January 2018.
Quotes attributable to PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture A/Executive Director, Sean Sloan
Snapper is a highly valued and popular species for all of our fishing sectors and protection during its key spawning period is vital for the ongoing recovery of local Snapper stocks.
Importantly, the closures only restrict Snapper fishing in the five spatial areas, so anglers can still take advantage of the many Snapper fishing opportunities available outside these areas when the season reopens on 15 December.
PIRSA Fisheries Officers will continue to patrol popular fishing spots throughout the summer period to ensure fisher co-operation during the closure, and compliance with Snapper size, bag and boat limits outside the five spatial areas.
A map of the Snapper fishing spatial closure areas is available online at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing or through the free SA Recreational Fishing Guide app.
Suspicious or illegal fishing activity can be reported through the SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app or to the 24 hour Fishwatch number on 1800 065 522. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.