Fishing

Primary Industries and Regions SA’s (PIRSA) Fisheries and Aquaculture division enables the sustainable development of South Australia’s aquatic resources and the balanced growth of our fisheries and aquaculture industries. PIRSA manages South Australia's fish stocks in partnership with industry and the community.

South Australia’s clean marine waters are home to some of the most sought after, premium seafood in the world.

PIRSA’s Fisheries and Aquaculture develops and implements:

  • policy
  • regulatory frameworks

to maximise the social and economic benefits and ensure the long-term sustainability of the state’s aquatic resources.

Learn more about PIRSA’s work with the fisheries and aquaculture:



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Page Last Reviewed: 24 Jul 2017

Latest news

  • South-East fisher fined for ignoring snapper rules

    19 March

    A recreational fisher in the South East has become the first person to be caught and fined for breaking the rules regarding South Australia's snapper closure.
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  • Economic boost through expansion of aquaculture zones

    18 March

    Coastal communities on the Eyre Peninsula are set for an economic boost with the release of more than 6,500 hectares of unallocated and available water for aquaculture production from Tumby Bay to Streaky Bay.
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  • Abalone poacher snags jail, fine and fishing ban

    25 February

    A Port Pirie man has been jailed for 12 months, banned from abalone fishing for five years, and fined $7000 for trafficking abalone and assaulting a Fisheries Officer.
    Read more about Abalone poacher snags jail, fine and fishing ban
  • Warning to Port River users to clean vessels

    18 February

    Port River users are being urged to follow thorough vessel cleaning practices, following the detection of the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) virus in feral Pacific Oysters in the area.
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  • Fisheries pinch lands crab fisher in deep water

    5 February

    A Paralowie man is in deep water and could face fines of up to $20,000 after being found in possession of more than 300 Blue Swimmer Crabs – 15 times the legal limit.
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  • Results are in for first recreational snapper fishing ballot

    25 January

    The results are in for South Australia's first recreational snapper fishing ballot which received more than 3,600 applications from fishers contending for the chance to target the iconic species in south east waters during the 2020 season.
    Read more about Results are in for first recreational snapper fishing ballot
  • Ballot closing for recreational snapper fishing in south east

    18 January

    If you want to be one of 606 recreational fishers to be able catch a snapper in South Australia's south east waters this season time is running out for you to be involved in the tag ballot, with applications closing this Sunday.
    Read more about Ballot closing for recreational snapper fishing in south east
  • Keeping count of snapper stocks

    13 January

    The count is on for our snapper stocks with a spawning biomass survey starting today in Gulf St Vincent after a similar successful trip in December in Spencer Gulf.
    Read more about Keeping count of snapper stocks
  • Don’t get crabby – stick to the fishing limits

    27 December

    A fisher has been caught with nearly four times the daily catch limit for crabs and could face fines of up to $20,000 – a timely reminder to follow recreational fishing limits this holiday season.
    Read more about Don’t get crabby – stick to the fishing limits
  • SARDI tanked up for snapper restocking

    23 December

    The effort to rebuild snapper populations in South Australian waters has commenced with the delivery of adult breeding snapper to the South Australian Research and Development Institute's West Beach facility to kick start the Marshall Liberal Governm…
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