The Fisheries Management Act 2007 and its regulations provide the legislative framework , objectives and guiding principles for the management of fisheries in South Australia.
Management rules for individual fisheries are provided in fisheries regulations under the Act.
Each fishery is managed by:
- Licence conditions
- Management plans
- Fisheries regulations.
There are a number of management controls that ensure sustainable fishing activities.
- recreational size, bag, and possession limits
- commercial catch limits (quota and trip limits)
- fishing closures to protect juvenile or breeding fish
- gear limits and restrictions
- restrictions on fishing operations (e.g. number of fishers, limited licences, engine size etc.)
- vessel monitoring systems
- aquatic reserves to protect important habitats and fish nursery areas.
Management arrangements are in place to meet the objectives for management of fisheries in South Australia to match the individual characteristics of different fisheries and areas.
- Restrictions on type and number of gears allowed for use in various fisheries or areas including vessel monitoring systems, gear entitlements on licences, registration of gear.
- Effort restrictions including closed seasons, closed areas.
- Protected Species including no take species, protection of spawning females, minimum legal size limits.
- Harvest restrictions including total allowable commercial catch, size, bag, and possession limits.