Closures - Fiund out about the area and seasonal fishing closures that apply in SA

Lake George Recreational Mesh Netting
PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture is seeking community feedback on a proposal by the Lake George Management Committee on future management arrangements for recreational mesh net fishing at Lake George.
Media release
Discussion Paper (DOC 609.5 KB)
Feedback form (DOC 84.0 KB)

Changes to recreational rock lobster devices - Northern Zone
New arrangements are in place for recreational rock lobster devices used in the Northern Zone of the rock lobster fishery.
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Frequently asked questions
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Goolwa Beach Pipi Fishing closure
Goolwa Beach has been closed to recreational fishing for Pipi (Goolwa Cockles) until midnight 31 May 2014 due to concerns over Diarrhetic Shellfish toxin levels in the Pipi.
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View map of closure (JPG 965.1 KB)

SA Marine Parks: Commercial Fisheries Voluntary Catch/Effort Reduction Program
The offer period for licence holders to surrender licence and/or entitlements is now closed.
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Port River Mud Cockle closure
The Port River Mud Cockle fishing closure has been extended until 30 June 2015 due to ongoing concerns about sustainability.
Map of closure area
Frequently asked questions
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Changes to commercial and recreational Blue Swimmer Crab fishing limits
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Frequently asked questions
Map of reduction area

Fish mortalities response
Latest update available now

Spencer Gulf Cuttlefish closure
Cuttlefish fishing in northern Spencer Gulf has been closed until 14 February 2015.
Frequently asked questions

Map of closure area

Recreational shark fishing restrictions
Restrictions on targeted recreational shark fishing in metropolitan waters have been updated.
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Redmap launches in SA
Redmap is a new and interactive website, that invites the Australian community to spot, log and map marine species that are uncommon in Australia, or along particular parts of our coast.
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Recreational fishing possession limits begin
Recreational fishing possession limits are now in place in South Australia, limiting the amount of King George Whiting, Pipi and Razorfish that recreational fishers can catch and stockpile.
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Fisheries in South Australia

South Australia’s clean marine waters are home to some of the most sought after seafood in the world. Iconic species such as King George Whiting, Snapper and premium shellfish including Western King Prawns, Blue Swimmer Crabs and Calamari; as well as the celebrated delicacies of Southern Rocklobster and Abalone feature on restaurant menus everywhere.

Fishing sectors

Our ten wild-catch commercial fishing sectors are an important source of employment, particularly in regional areas, contributing $197 million to South Australia's total seafood production value.

More information about commercial fishing

Recreational fishing remains an equally important sector, with an estimated 236,000 men, women and children engaging in fishing activities each year.

More information about recreational fishing.

Fishing management

Management and regulation of these industries is critical to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the aquatic environment and allowing for the continued development and competitiveness of this vital primary industry.

Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) Fisheries and Aquaculture is the government agency responsible for the ecologically sustainable development of South Australia’s aquatic resources. Widely viewed as a national leader in fisheries management, the division develops and implements policies, legislation and regulatory frameworks and conducts education, monitoring and compliance programs to maximise social and economic benefits to the South Australian community.

Play your part

Showing your support for the local seafood industry can start with your responsibilities as a recreational fisher by learning the rules that apply to recreational fishing.

You can also be our eyes and ears by reporting any illegal fishing activity to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 065 522.