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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.
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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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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.
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Changes to commercial and recreational Blue Swimmer Crab fishing limits
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Spencer Gulf Cuttlefish closure
Cuttlefish fishing in northern Spencer Gulf has been closed until 14 February 2015.
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Recreational shark fishing restrictions
Restrictions on targeted recreational shark fishing in metropolitan waters have been updated.
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Redmap launches in SA
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Permitted devices

Remember that there might be further restrictions on the number of devices that can be used at any one time if you are also using other permitted devices at the same time. If you have any questions about the number of devices you can use, call Fishwatch on 1800 065 522 (freecall, 24 hours).

 

Rod and handlines

Each person can use:

  • up to two rods, or
  • two handlines, or
  • one of each.

Each line can have:

  • up to three hooks attached, or
  • up to five hooks joined eye to shank or threaded together (this will be considered as one hook).

In addition, each person can use one teaserline (a baited line without hooks, normally used to attract squid). When the line is used from a jetty, pier, wharf or breakwater, the person must stay within 50 metres of the line at all times.

Bow and arrow

The only species that can be taken by bow and arrow is the European carp.

The activity can only take place:

  • during daylight
  • in the waters of the River Murray, other than the main stream
  • at least 50 metres from all other persons not involved in the fishing activity.

Crab rake

Crab rakes are hand-held devices used for scraping the water-bed. They consist of a pole with a rake and can have a net or mesh bag attached.

Crab rake

Cockle net

Cockle nets are hand-held devices used for taking of Pipis. They consist of a pole with a net or mesh bag attached.

Cockle net 

Drop net

A drop net consists of two hoops joined by a cylindrical or cone-shaped net bag. Note that drop nets are not the same as hoop nets and regulations vary. Drop nets do not need to be registered.

Drop net specifications

SpecificationDetails
Maximum hoop diameter107 cm
Maximum depth92 cm
Maximum number allowed3 drop nets per person. If you are using (up to three) drop nets to catch rock lobster, you are not entitled to use any other fishing gear other than a fishing rod or handline.
Marking: marine waters1 white buoy, 4 litres in volume

1 tag with name and address of owner if unattended
Marking: Lakes and Coorong

1 white buoy, 2 litres in volume
1 tag with name and address of owner if unattended

Marking: River Murray

1 white buoy, 2 litres in volume
1 tag with name and address of owner if unattended

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Fish spear or hand spear

Hand-held fish spears or spear guns can be used in most waters of South Australia and do not need to be registered. However, certain restrictions apply.

Spearfishing with a hand fish spear or a spear gun is not permitted:

  • in the Hindmarsh and Inman Rivers and within 200 metres of their mouths
  • in Gulf St Vincent within 600 metres of high water mark between Outer Harbour (southern most breakwater) and Gulf View Road, Christies Beach (where the Port Noarlunga Aquatic Reserve commences) – spears are not allowed to be used unless south of Onkaparinga Head
  • within 100 metre of jetties, landings and wharves, including the adjacent foreshore areas
  • in the waters of Second Valley Bay contained within the boundaries of the western extremity of the bay to the eastern extremity of the bay.

You can carry a fish spear or unloaded spear in the above waters, but only if carrying the device to or from a boat.

Carrying and/or using a hand fish spear or a spear gun is not permitted in:

  • the River Murray and all other freshwater rivers and streams of South Australia, including the land up to 100 metres from them
  • all aquatic reserves (except Blanche Harbour-Douglas Bank where you can use hand fish spears to take scale fish and shark, but no other organisms)
  • all waters of the West Lakes system and the foreshore areas (including reserves for public use) adjacent to those waters.

Other restrictions

Carrying or using any form of fish spear (including spear guns) while using underwater breathing apparatus such as hookah or SCUBA is prohibited.

  • It is an offence to take, or attempt to take, rock lobster with a speargun or any other pointed instrument.
  • A diver is not allowed to carry a handspear, spear gun or device that operates by means of an explosive cartridge.
  • Powerheads can be carried but must not be used for fishing purposes. Powerheads are for protection only and must not be attached to a spear.
  • Power heads
  • A diver is not allowed to carry a handspear, spear gun or device that operates by means of an explosive cartridge.
  • A diver can only carry a device that operates by means of an explosive cartridge if it is not attached to a hand fish spear or spear gun, or if the device is carried only for protection. Any fish killed or injured by the device must be left in the water.

A hand net consists of conical-shaped netting joined to a hoop that is attached to a rigid handle. It can be a dab net, dip net or shrimp net. Only one hand net per person can be used. Hand nets do not need to be registered.

Hand net specifications

Specification

Details

Maximum hoop diameter

100 cm (1 metre)

Maximum depth of net

100 cm (1 metre)

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Hoop net

This consists of one hoop holding a cone-shaped net bag. Note that hoop nets are not the same as drop nets and regulations vary. Hoop nets do not need to be registered but must be buoyed and tagged correctly.

Hoop net specifications

SpecificationsDetails
Maximum hoop diameter107 cm
Maximum depth of net bag92 cm

Maximum number permitted for marine fish and inland waters

Up to 10 hoop nets if no other fishing device (including rod and handline) is being used

Up to 3 hoop nets if other fishing gear (including rod and handline) is being used

Maximum number permitted when fishing for crab

Up to 10 hoop nets if no other device (including rod and handline) is being used

Up to 3 hoop nets if other fishing gear (including rod and handline) is being used

Maximum number permitted when fishing for rock lobster

Up to 3 hoop nets if no other device (other than rod and handline) is being used
Marking: marine waters

1 white buoy, 4 litres in volume
1 tag with name and address of owner if unattended

Marking: Lakes and Coorong

1 white buoy, 2 litres in volume
1 tag with name and address of owner if unattended

Marking: River Murray

1 white buoy, 2 litres in volume
1 tag with name and address of owner if unattended

A Hoop Net

The use of mesh nets is not permitted in marine coastal waters of South Australia.

Mesh nets can be used in some circumstances in the Lakes and Coorong region, but all recreational mesh nets must be registered before they can be used. No new registrations are being issued.

Mesh nets specifications: Coorong

SpecificatonDetails
Maximum length75 metres
Minimum mesh size50 mm
Maximum mesh size64 mm
Mesh panelNo more than one metre in depth
Marking

2 black buoys at one end, one yellow buoy at the other

If the net exceeds 50 metres in length it must be marked with floating red buoys at intervals not exceeding 50 metres

Setting

The net must float when set.

The operator must be within at least 50 metres of the net at all times.

The net must not be set within 200 metres of any other net

Mesh nets specifications: Lake Albert and Lake Alexandrina

SpecificationDetails
Maximum length75 metres
Minimum mesh size110 mm
Maximum mesh size 150 mm
Mesh panelHave a mesh panel so that it floats with no part of the net more than 2 metres below the surface of the water
Marking

2 black buoys at one end, one yellow buoy at the other.

If the net exceeds 50 metres in length it must be marked with floating red buoys at intervals not exceeding 50 metres.

Setting

The net must only be set from the water’s edge.

The net must float when set.

The operator must be within at least 50 metres of the net at all times.

The net must not be set within 200 metres of any other net.

Mesh nets specifications: Lake George

SpecificationDetails
Maximum length75 metres
Minimum mesh size70 mm
Marking2 black buoys at one end, one yellow buoy at the other
Setting

The net must be attended by the registered owner between one and a half hours after sunrise and one and a half hours before sunset on the same day.

The net does not need to be attended outside of these times.

Note that Lake George is occasionally closed to all types of fishing. For the latest information regarding fishing in Lake George contact Fishwatch on 1800 065 522.

Mussel dredge

A mussel dredge can only be used by hand.

Mussel dredge specifications

SpecificationDetail
Maximum width1 metre
Maximum depth of net1 metre

Rock lobster pot (Southern)

All rock lobster pots must be registered before they can be used and can only be used for personal use.

Rock lobster pot specifications

SpecificationDetail
Maximum width1.5 metre
Maximum height1.2 metre
Maximum number permitted2
Marking

1 red buoy, volume 4 litres.

A current registration tag

Mouth of the potThe mouth must be at the top
Escape gaps2 escape gaps on opposite sides of the pot
DistanceThe tops of the escape gaps must be no more than 11 cm from the base of the pot
Minimum size of escape gaps15 cm wide by 5.5 cm high
If no escape gapsThe pot must be covered in a mesh that will allow a cylindrical rod 5 cm in diameter to easily pass through.

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 Rock lobster pot (Northern)

Specification
Detail
Maximum width 1.5 metre
Maximum height 1.2 metre
Maximum number permitted 2
Marking 1 red buoy, volume 4 litres.
  A current registration tag
Mouth of the pot The mouth must be at the top
Escape gaps Mandatory 2 escape gaps on opposite sides of the pot
Distance The tops of the escape gaps must be no more than 11 cm from the base of the pot
Minimum size of escape gaps 28 cm wide by 5.7 cm high
Sea Lion Exclusion Devic

Mandatory for pots set in water less than 100m.
A sea lion exclusion device is a metal rod that is securely fastened to the
centroid of the base of the pot and extends perpendicular to a height not
less than level with the base of the neck of the pot

 

More information about requirements for recreational rock lobster pots in the Northern Zone of the rock lobster fishery can be found here.

Diagrams of recreational lobster pot for the Northern Zone of the SA Rock Lobster Fishery(clockwise from top left). A: side view of pot with sea lion exclusion device and escape gaps; B: side view of sea lion exclusion device and pot neck; C lobster pot viewed from above showing position of sea lion exclusion device in the centre of the pot and escape gaps on opposite sides.

A: side view of pot with sea lion exclusion device and escape gaps; B: side view of sea lion exclusion device and pot neck; C lobster pot viewed from above showing position of sea lion exclusion device in the centre of the pot and escape gaps on opposite sides 

Shrimp trap specifications

SpecificationDetail
Maximum dimension40 cm
Maximum height20 cm
Minimum mesh hole size5 mm
Maximum number permitted1 per person
Marking

1 white buoy (if not set from shore)

1 tag with name and address of owner

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Snare

A snare is a noose attached to a length of tubing designed and constructed for the taking of rock lobster.

Yabby pot (including Opera House)

Yabby pots do not need to be registered, but do need to be buoyed (if not set from shore) and tagged.

Yabby pot specifications

Maximum dimension100 cm (1 metre)
Maximum funnel diameter7.5 cm
Maximum number permitted3 per person
StructureNo more than 2 fixed entrance funnels allowed
Marking1 white buoy (if not set from shore)
1 tag with name and address of owner

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