New temporary management arrangements for Black Bream in the Lakes and Coorong* for both commercial and recreational fishers come into effect on 1 September 2018.
The three-month closure, until 30 November 2018, will benefit the popular species by offering it protection during its critical breeding season, ensuring the stock is available for future generations to catch and enjoy.
The new temporary arrangements apply to Black Bream in the Lakes and Coorong from midnight on 1 September 2018 until midnight on 30 November 2018.
Under the arrangements:
- Commercial and recreational fishing nets cannot be used within 300 metres of barrages located in the Coorong (Area 1) including Goolwa, Mundoo, Boundary Creek, Ewe Island and Tauwitchere barrages.
- Black Bream cannot be targeted and all incidental catch of Black bream must be released by both the recreational and commercial sectors.
Executive Director PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Sean Sloan said the importance of Black Bream to the both the recreational and commercial fishing sectors meant the temporary arrangements were essential to address concerns about the stock's sustainability in the Lakes and Coorong.
"Having a sustainable, healthy and abundant stock of Black Bream in the Lakes and Coorong is in everyone's interest and as such, the three-month closure during the Black Bream's breeding season applies to both recreational and commercial fishers," Mr Sloan said.
"We know Black Bream like to gather around barrages, especially when spawning, so extending the existing closure around the barrages from 150m to 300m is crucial to offer them this safe haven to reproduce and replenish their population.
"Offering protection to a species during their breeding season is best-practice fisheries management and there are numerous examples across the state where similar measures have been successfully introduced to help a stock to recover."
PIRSA consulted with both commercial and recreational fishers through the Lakes and Coorong Fishery Management Advisory Committee on the temporary management arrangements, which will be reviewed in 12 months.
The three-month closure applies to the Lakes and Coorong under Section 79 of the Fisheries Management Act 2007. View the notice to commercial and recreational fishers.
Failure to comply can result in a maximum fine of up to $20,000.
Suspicious or illegal fishing activities can be reported 24-hours, seven days per week to Fishwatch on 1800 065 522. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.
*Lakes and Coorong means the waters of the Coorong, Lake Alexandrina, Lake Albert, and the coastal waters adjacent to South Australia between the location on Mean High Water Springs closest to 35°31′23.50″ South, 138°46′23.83″ East (Beach Road, Goolwa) and the location on Mean High Water Springs closest to 36°49′34.59″ South, 139°50′55.95″ East (Kingston SE Jetty).
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