Recreational fishers heading out on the water this summer are being urged to keep in mind our top three fishing rules this holiday period.
With the summer holiday period typically the busiest and most popular time for anglers across the state, being prepared before you head out on the water is vital.
The top three fishing reminders are:
- Stick to the limits – Make sure you check the legal size, bag and boat limits for all species, the locations of fishing closures and aquatic reserves and you have the correct gear before heading out.
- Properly handle fish you are returning to the water – Taking the time to properly handle your catch to give it the best chance of survival on return to the water ensures the ethical treatment of animals.
- Report illegal fishing to Fishwatch – If you see someone doing the wrong thing – such as poaching, illegal netting, use of illegal devices or exceeding limits – then phone the free 24-hour Fishwatch hotline on 1800 065 522 or report it through the free SA Recreational Fishing Guide app available via www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/recfishingapp
PIRSA Fisheries Officers and Fishcare Volunteers will be out in force this summer period, patrolling popular fishing areas and hotspots.
Quotes attributable to Fisheries and Aquaculture Acting Director Operations, Randel Donovan
Summer holidays are a busy time in and on the water – so we ask that all fishers follow the rules, stick to the limits and include a fishing rules refresher as part of their pre-holiday preparation.
If you have reached the daily bag or boat limit for one species, then try your hand at another – it is all part of ensuring a fair days fishing for all.
While the majority of fishers do the right thing, it is important that all fishers adhere to the various rules to preserve fish stocks for future generations.
Fishing boat, bag and size limits are available on the PIRSA website via www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing