South Australia’s much-treasured snapper fishing experience is at risk of disappearing entirely unless drastic action is taken ahead of the upcoming summer, according to latest scientific information.
The latest snapper science from SARDI, released today, paints a bleak picture of the snapper stocks in South Australian gulfs.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the latest scientific information shows drastic action will be required from the entire fishing industry to return the snapper fishery to a sustainable stock.
“There has been an 87 per cent decrease in snapper stocks in Gulf St Vincent over the last five years and a 23 per cent decline in the Spencer Gulf,” said Minister Whetstone.
“Last December the State Government implemented seven spatial closures and cut charter boat bag limits as an interim measure to protect snapper stocks.
“Since then, the State Government has been consulting with the commercial, charter and recreational fishing sectors about further snapper restrictions for the upcoming summer.
“This latest scientific information shows we need to implement strong restrictions across all sectors to protect the current snapper stock and enable them to recover.
“The State Government will take action to ensure snapper are available in the future to recreational, charter and seafood lovers alike.
“The latest science was released today at a joint meeting of the commercial, charter and recreational fishing sectors and a range of management options were considered.
“The State Government will conduct further consultation with the industry and community about possible changes to snapper management before the upcoming summer.”
The new scientific information is based on a snapper egg survey undertaken by SARDI Aquatic Sciences in December 2018.
For more information and to review the science, visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/snapper2019