Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) undertook a comprehensive review of recreational fishing in South Australia in 2015-16, proposing changes to size, bag and boat limits for some species.
The proposed changes took into account:
- the latest status of fish stocks
- recent recreational fishing survey results and recreational harvest shares
- changes in recreational fishing technology
- recent biological research.
In early 2016, the State Government released 3 key documents for public consultation, as part of the recreational fishing review process.
- Draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia ()
- Review of size, boat and bag limits in South Australia’s recreational fishing sector, marine and freshwater ()
- Management options for King George Whiting in South Australia ().
More than 800 people attended 12 public meetings held across the state in February and April, including meetings held with key stakeholders, charter boat operators and commercial fishers.
PIRSA also received approximately 900 written submissions during the consultation period which closed on 29 April 2016.
All of the feedback was carefully considered and played an important role in shaping the final outcomes of the review, which were announced 31 October 2016.
The changes to fishing rules are necessary to support a long-term future for our vital recreational fishing industry.