Recreational Rock Lobster fishers are reminded to brush up on the rules and ensure their 2019-2020 pot registrations are in place as the Northern Zone opens for recreational Rock Lobster fishing from midday Friday 1 November.
PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Executive Director Sean Sloan said with Rock Lobster a popular recreational fishing species it was important that all fishers be responsible and do the right thing.
"South Australia is one of the few states that allows the use of recreational Rock Lobster pots," said Mr Sloan.
"By correctly following the fishing limits and rules you are ensuring the long term sustainability of our fish stocks for future generations to enjoy.
"Remember it is up to you to know and follow the latest rules for Rock Lobster fishing in the Northern Zone, registering a maximum of two pots per person and making sure they are gear compliant with escape gaps and Sea Lion Exclusion Devices (SLEDs).
"Size, bag and boat limits are in place for a reason and while most people do the right thing, we encourage anyone who comes across any illegal or suspicious fishing activity to call Fishwatch on 1800 065 522 or report via the free SA Recreational Fishing app."
The Northern Zone Rock Lobster fishery, which extends from the Murray Mouth to the Western Australian border, including Kangaroo Island and the Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas, is open from midday 1 November 2019 until 6pm 31 May 2019.
Rules in the Northern Zone Rock Lobster fishery at a glance:
- Berried Rock Lobster (females carrying eggs) are totally protected all year around. Please handle with care and return to the water immediately.
- The minimum carapace length in the Northern Zone is 10.5cm.
- The daily bag limit is four Rock Lobster per person.
- Daily boat limit – eight (where two or more people are on board).
- The middle tail fan must be clipped in half horizontally before landing.
In South Australia, it is an offence to:
- Take, or attempt to take, Rock Lobster using a spear, hook or other pointed instrument.
- Use corfs to keep recreationally caught Rock Lobster alive in the water.
- Return a pot containing Rock Lobster to the water.
For online registration of pots and information on the recreational Northern Zone Rock Lobster fishery rules and regulations visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries
Further information is also available from the SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app at www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp