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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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Fish mortalities response
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Recreational shark fishing restrictions
Restrictions on targeted recreational shark fishing in metropolitan waters have been updated. Find out more.
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. Find out more
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. View media release and find out more
The Cooper Creek and Diamantina River systems are a unique oasis in the desert of north-eastern South Australia. Fed by a series of creeks and rivers originating in Queensland, the system is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.
The Cooper Creek and Diamantina River systems are considered to be one of, if not the most variable river flows on earth. Waters of the system never flow to the sea but instead flow into Lake Eyre. Flows along the Cooper Creek are irregular events generated by highly variable seasonal and annual run-off. Many of the waters are only temporary, being replenished by monsoon dominated floods from southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.
With only a few permanent waterholes in the South Australian section of the Cooper Creek system, fish must survive droughts by colonising as many temporary waterholes as possible during floods. For many freshwater species, flood events are the biological trigger for spawning and without these regular events, many of these species would soon become extinct.
Historically, the species of callop (golden perch) found in the Cooper Creek system was thought to be the same as that found in the River Murray. Recent research has shown that the species in this system varies from callop in the Murray-Darling system.
Experience has shown that without some form of management control, fish stocks in areas like this are susceptible to over exploitation. For this reason, regulations have been put in place to ensure that the fish populations of this area are protected for future generations to enjoy.
These regulations include:
Please help maintain this unique waterway by making sure that European carp are not introduced. Heavy penalties of up to $4000 fine and/or one year imprisonment apply.
Different sub-species of both golden perch (callop) and yabbies exist in the Cooper Creek and Diamantina River systems.
Introduction of these species from other systems, such as the Murray or Darling River systems is prohibited. This includes using Murray or Darling River yabbies as bait.
Recreational fishers are not permitted to sell or trade their catch.