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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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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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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.
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Snapper spawning spatial closures
New Snapper spawning spatial closures will come into effect on 15 December 2013.
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Changes to commercial and recreational Blue Swimmer Crab fishing limits
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Fish mortalities response
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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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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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Recreational fishing limits

Our fish stocks are a precious resource, and to help ensure there are enough fish for the future limits are set to control the number and size of fish taken.

Below you can search size, bag, boat, and possession limits that apply to marine and freshwater fish, molluscs and crustaceans caught in South Australian waters. Information about closures and other restrictions is also included.

Any species that are not listed do not have size or bag limit restrictions, but you are encouraged to only take what you need for personal use.

Remember that as a recreational fisher, you are not allowed to sell or trade your catch.

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Download Recreational Fishing Limits brochure (PDF 704.7 KB) includes possession limits (released September 2013).

Minimum legal length

There is a minimum (and sometimes maximum) legal size for some fish species you can expect to catch with a rod and line or other permitted device.

Remember that fish taken for use as bait must still conform to size limits specified for the species.

Personal daily bag limit

There are limits to the number of a particular fish species that can be taken by one fisher.

Once you have caught your daily bag limit of a particular species, you are not allowed to catch any more of the species during that day. A “day” is classified as the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight.

Daily boat limit

If three or more people are fishing from a boat the combined boat limit (that is the total number of fish that can be landed onto the boat) is generally set at three times the personal bag limit. If three or less people are fishing from a boat, the personal bag limit applies to each person.

Note: For Abalone and Rock lobster the combined daily boat limit is set at twice the personal bag limit.

Boat limits apply for a 24-hour period from midnight to midnight. Once you have caught your boat limit of a particular species, you are not allowed to catch anymore of that species during that 24-hour period.

Note that different boat limits apply for charter boat fishing.

Possession limits

Possession limits restrict the amount of fish that recreational fishers can catch and keep in their possession. They are a per person limit that apply in circumstances where long term storage is occurring through methods such as freezing, pickling and smoking.

In South Australia, possession limits only apply to King George Whiting, Pipi and Razorfish.

How to measure your catch

Measuring a fish

Measuring fish video (WMV 5.3MB)
Different size limits apply to different fish, which is why it’s so important that you know exactly how to measure your catch. Watch the following video and see one of our fisheries officers explain the recommended procedure for measuring various fish.
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Location coordinates

All coordinates given for locations are based on the Australian Geocentric Datum GDA94 which coincides almost exactly with WGS84. Some adjustments might be needed depending on the GPS navigational system used.