Protected species

Some fish species are protected and must not be taken:

  • at any time
  • during certain stages of their life cycle, for example during their reproductive period 
  • during certain times of the year 
  • from particular closed areas or reserves.

Protected species that are caught must be returned to the water immediately. Learn how to handle your catch (link) and safely release the fish back into the water. Anyone who takes or causes harm to a protected species may face heavy fines.

Freshwater protected species

Ambassis, Mogurnda, Nannoperca genus

Includes:

  • purple-spotted gudgeon
  • chanda perch
  • pygmy perch sp.

Status: protected at all times.

Chanda Perch

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River Blackfish

Location: River Murray

Status: protected at all times

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Freshwater Catfish

Location: River Murray

Status: protected at all times

River_Murray_Catfish 

Freshwater crayfish

Location: River Murray

Status: protected at all times

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Murray Cod

Location: River Murray

Status:

  • Catch and release only. It is an offence to remove Murray Cod from the water.
  • Closed all year round in Chowilla.
  • See the closures list for seasonal closure information.

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Silver Perch

Location: River Murray

Status: protected at all times

Silver_Perch 

Trout Cod

Location: River Murray

Status: protected at all times.

Trout_Cod 

Yabbies

Location: all waters.

Status: protected when eggs are attached. It is an offence to physically remove eggs.

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Southeast freshwater crayfish

Location: Southeast South Australia

Status: protected at all times.

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Marine protected species

Abalone

Status:

Protected at all times in:

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Blue Groper

Status: see closures page for information about where blue gropers are protected

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Bugs: Slipper Lobster, Balmain Bugs

Status: protected when carrying external eggs.

Balmain-Bug

Blue Swimmer Crab

Status: protected when carrying external eggs.

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Giant Crab

Status: protected when carrying external eggs.

Giant crab

Sand Crab

Status: protected when carrying external eggs.

Sand crab

White Shark

Status: protected at all times. See the fishing restrictions for sharks page for more information.

White shark

Rock Lobster

Status: protected when carrying external eggs.

Protected at all times in:

Rock lobster

Squid

Status: protected in the waters of False Bay, Whyalla.

Squid

Syngnathids family

Includes all:

  • seadragons
  • seahorses
  • pipefish
  • pipehorses.

Status: Protected at all times, whether dead or alive. A penalty of up to $4,000 applies to anyone taking these fish.

seadragons 

Marine mammals

All marine mammals including:

  • whales
  • seals
  • sea lions
  • dolphins

are protected at all times in South Australian waters.

Heavy fines apply to anyone causing harm to marine mammals.
Phone Fishwatch on 1800 065 522 for more information or to report an offence.

Page Last Reviewed: 20 Jan 2015
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