King George Whiting Project

King George Whiting (KGW) is a premium species within South Australia's fisheries, but stocks are under pressure.

New recreational fishing arrangements were introduced in late 2016 to improve the stock status and help ensure sustainable fishing for this iconic species.

In order to protect the sustainability of the species, we need to better understand the key spawning areas to inform how the species is protected into the future.

Recreational fishers can help protect the sustainability of our iconic KGW by taking part in the King George Whiting Project from 1-30 April 2018.

How do I get involved?

Collect a form (PDF 1.0 MB) from a participating tackle shop.

Donate your King George Whiting frames caught from within or adjacent to SA's gulfs and southern straits from 1-30 April 2018.

The frame must include the remaining head, body, gut cavity and fish skeleton post filleting.

Take the frame either freshly caught or frozen to your local participating tackle shop in your own plastic bag or one provided at the drop off point. Complete the form, including your details and where you caught the fish, and insert into the bag.

All participants will automatically go into a draw to win prizes courtesy of Strike 1 Fishing Charters, Mustard, and Shimano. The prizes are a charter boat trip, a selection of quality Mustard fishing gear, and two Shimano fishing reels.

Your donated frames will provide important information on KGW reproductive activity, which will help improve our biological knowledge of the species and the key spawning areas.

King George Whiting frame including remaining head, body, gut cavity and fish skeleton post filleting.
King George Whiting frame including remaining head, body, gut cavity and fish skeleton post filleting.

Participating tackle shops - drop off locations


Northern suburbs

Cavan - Sportfishing Scene
132 Port Wakefield Rd, Cavan SA 5094

Gepps Cross – BCF Gepps Cross
T6a/720 Main North Road, Gepps Cross SA 5094

North Haven - 4 Sure Bait & Tackle
14 Southern Myth Dr, North Haven SA 5018

Port Adelaide - Port Adelaide Bait and Tackle
310 Commercial Rd, Port Wakefield SA 5015

Salisbury - Spot-on Fishing Tackle Salisbury
1730 Main North Rd, Salisbury Plain SA 5109

Southern suburbs

Brighton - Brighton Tackle & Bait
535 Brighton Rd, South Brighton SA 5048

Lonsdale - Fishing Wholesalers
200 Dyson Rd, Lonsdale SA 5160

O'Sullivan Beach - O'Sullivan Beach Boat Ramp
Marine Dr, O'Sullivan Beach SA 5166

Seaford - The Scene Seaford
224 Seaford Rd, Seaford SA 5169

Eastern suburbs

St Morris - Gotcha Fishing Tackle
413 Magill Rd, St Morris SA 5068

Western suburbs

West Beach - SARDI Aquatic Science Centre
2 Hamra Avenue, West Beach SA 5162


Edithburgh - Edithburgh Surf & Tackle
28 Blanche St, Edithburgh SA 5583

Moonta - Complete Angler Moonta
10 George St Moonta SA 5558

Mount Gambier - Spot-on Mount Gambier
93 Commercial St, Mount Gambier SA 5290

Penneshaw - Fuel and Hardware
52 Thomas Wilson Street, Penneshaw SA 5222

Port Lincoln - Spot-on Port Lincoln
39 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln SA 5606

Port Lincoln - Tackle World Port Lincoln
16-18 Hallett Pl, Port Lincoln SA 5606

Port Neill - Port Neill Caravan Park
1 Peake Terrace, Port Neill SA 5064

Point Turton - Point Turton Caravan Park
Bayview Road, Point Turton SA 5575

Solomontown - Wardle Marine Port Pirie
98-104 Main Rd, Solomontown SA 5540

Wallaroo - Complete Angler Wallaroo
3 Owen Terrace, Wallaroo SA 5556

Whyalla - Whyalla Sportfishing Scene
31 Playford Ave, Whyalla SA 5600

Project partners

The collaborative project is being led by the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), a division of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), with RecFish SA.

The major program funder is the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

South Australia's commercial fishing sector, the Marine Fishers Association, and the South Australian Charter Boat Association are supporters of the program.

More information


Michael Drew, Senior Research Officer (Finfish Fisheries), SARDI Aquatic Sciences
Phone: (08) 8429 0979

Page Last Reviewed: 12 Feb 2018
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