Fish Facts - New Snapper measures announced
- New Snapper measures announced
New Snapper measures announced
As part of the State Government’s plan to rebuild South Australia’s depleted Snapper stocks, new Snapper management measures will commence across state waters on 1 November 2019.
Following consideration of the latest available science and feedback from all stakeholders through extensive public consultation, a total ban on Snapper fishing for the Spencer Gulf, West Coast and Gulf St Vincent will be in place from 12:01 am 1 November 2019 until 31 January 2023.
Controlled Snapper fishing in South East waters, where the stocks have been assessed as sustainable, will be allowed during the non-spawning period between February and October each year.
Benefits of the measures
Snapper is an iconic fish in South Australia and a primary target for the commercial, recreational, and charter boat fishing sectors. The decline of Snapper stocks has been noted anecdotally by all three fishing sectors for a number of years, and is supported by the latest science.
The new arrangements will allow Snapper stocks to recover, especially in the gulfs where most of the fishing pressures exist, and provide protection for stocks classified as ‘depleted’ (Spencer Gulf/West Coast) or ‘depleting (Gulf St Vincent)’.
The new management measures will come into effect 12:01 am on 1 November 2019. Knowing that these measures will have economic and other impacts a support package will be implemented including:
- commercial fee relief for impacted Marine Scalefish Fishery licence holders
- a program to support the charter boat sector to diversify to improve and broaden their businesses
- mental health and wellbeing support for commercial fishers, charter fishers and seafood processers
- a $500,000 Snapper stocking program as recommended by the Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council and a $200,000 Murray Cod stocking program.
A range of further scientific activity will be undertaken, including:
- additional snapper scientific monitoring and assessment work
- additional scientific research on juvenile replenishment and post-release survival
- a national snapper scientific and management workshop
- a national recreational survey project using SA as a case study.
Consultation is currently underway on a number of options for reform of the commercial Marine Scalefish Fishery, including proposals to reduce the number of commercial fishing licences.