Recreational fishers are reminded the annual state-wide closure of Pipi (Goolwa Cockles) begins on Saturday 1 June, meaning they cannot take Pipi from South Australian waters.
The closure, which runs from 1 June to 31 October, is part of the sustainable management arrangements for the fishery.
Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Fisheries and Aquaculture Executive Director, Sean Sloan, said the closure supports the Pipi population.
“Closing the recreational Pipi fishery on the Younghusband Peninsula (including Goolwa Beach) at this time each year supports a healthy Pipi population and maintains a sustainable recreational catch within the allocated area,” Mr Sloan said.
“These rules are an important management tool to ensure the sustainability of the popular recreational Pipi fishery.
“Fisheries Officers will continue to patrol Pipi fishing beaches over the coming months to ensure everyone is doing the right thing during the closed season.
“If you see anyone taking the shellfish during the closed season, please report it to Fishwatch.”
Fishers caught taking Pipi during the closed season can face fines of up to $20,000 and risk their catch and equipment used in any illegal take of Pipi being seized and forfeited.
Pipi is a popular species for recreational fishers with an estimated 3.24 million Pipi collected in 2013-14, according to the South Australian Recreational Fishing Survey.
Suspicious or illegal fishing behaviour can be reported to the 24-hour Fishwatch number on 1800 065 022. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.