Fishing closures

Below is a list of all fishing closures in South Australian waters. This includes closures which are:

  • permanent
  • seasonal
  • temporary.

See the catch limits page for daily bag and boat limits.

All species

Details: Total fishing ban.

Locations:

  • River Murray - within 150m of all locks and weirs.
  • Wirrina Cove - a radius of 0.5 nautical miles centred around this point:
    • latitude 35°28.9’S, longitude 138°09.5’E
  • Horseshoe Reef - in the area within 25 metres of the reef.

All bottom dwelling organisms

Closure time: all year.

Closure location: All intertidal reefs to a depth of 2 metres. Learn more about intertidal reefs.


Abalone

Closure time: all year.

Closure location:


Bivalve shellfish (bivalve molluscs)

Permanent closure

Closure time: all year.

Closure location: All waters of West Lakes and Port River (between Bower Road, Semaphore Park and the Port River and North Arm junction).

Temporary closure

Closure time: until further notice.

Closure location: Port River system from West Lakes to Port Gawler, including Section Bank.

The taking of all bivalve shellfish such as oysters, mussels, cockles and razorfish is not permitted in the Port River system from West Lakes to Port Gawler, including Section Bank, until further notice.

The ban has been implemented to reduce the risk of spreading the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) virus that has been detected in feral Pacific Oysters in the Port River.

Map of Port River bivalve closure (PDF 244.4 KB)


Blue Groper

Closure time: all year.

Closure location: Includes all waters north of a line from Newland Head to Cape Willoughby and north from a line from West Bat to Cape Carnot on the Southern Eyre Peninsula.

Map of closed area for Blue Groper (PDF 632.8 KB)


Bream

Annual closure:

  • Closure time: 1 September to 30 November inclusive.
  • Closure location: Fishing for Bream is not permitted in the Onkaparinga River upstream of the Main South Road Bridge at Noarlunga.

Temporary closure in the Coorong area:

  • Closure time: Midnight 21 September 2019 to midnight 30 November 2019.
  • Closure location: Coorong (Area 1) (PDF 618.4 KB) including Goolwa, Mundoo, Boundary Creek, Ewe Island and Tauwitchere barrages.

See a map of the Coorong Areas 1 and 2 (PDF 618.4 KB).


Cephalopods – Cuttlefish, Squid, and Octopus

Closure time: all year.

Closure location: False Bay, Spencer Gulf - all waters within a line:

  • from the lighthouse at Point Lowly to the southern end of the Point Bonython jetty
  • south-west to the eastern most point of the BHP Jetty:
    • latitude 33°02’12.63”S
    • longitude 137°36’1.98”E
  • then following a high water mark at the base of the jetty along the shoreline back to the Point Lowly lighthouse.

Map of cephalopod closure area (PDF 5.4 MB)


Hand netting - Onkaparinga River

Hand nets for the taking of shrimps for bait only in the waters of the estuary and the Onkaparinga River upstream to the Noarlunga Bypass Bridge on Main South Road.


Murray Cod

It is an offence to lift or remove Murray Cod from South Australian waters.

Open season - catch and release only

During open season - 1 January to 31 July - Murray Cod can only be targeted for catch and release.

Seasonal closure

Closure time: 1 August to 31 December (inclusive). No trolling from a moving vessel is allowed within these dates, excluding Coorong waters.

Closure location: River Murray and Lower Lakes.

Permanent closure

Closure time: all year.

Closure location: Any section of the Chowilla floodplain between:

  • Ral Ral Creek
    • latitude 34°9'46.70"S
    • longitude 140°45'30.38"E
  • border of South Australia and New South Wales
    • latitude 34°1'14.60"S
    • longitude 141°0’9.69"E.

Mussels (all species)

Temporary closure

Closure time: until further notice.

Closure location: Port River, including West Lakes and surrounds.

The taking of all bivalve shellfish (including mussels, cockles, oysters and razorfish) is not permitted from the Port River, including West Lakes and surrounds, until further notice.

The ban has been implemented to reduce the risk of spreading the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) virus that has been detected in feral Pacific Oysters in the Port River.

Map of Port River bivalve closure (PDF 244.4 KB)


Pipis (Goolwa cockles)

Seasonal closure

Closure time: 1 June to 31 October (inclusive).

Closure location: No recreational fishing for Pipis is allowed on the Younghusband Peninsula between the Murray Mouth and 28 Mile Crossing.

During open season recreational fishing for pipis is restricted to 2 areas:

  • the Sir Richard Peninsula north of the Murray mouth
  • between 28 Mile Crossing and the Victoria/SA border.

Map of recreational and commercial Pipi fishing areas (JPG 476.4 KB)

Temporary closure

Closure time: until further notice.

Closure location: Port River, including West Lakes and surrounds.

The taking of all bivalve shellfish (including cockles, oysters, mussels and razorfish) is not permitted from the Port River, including West Lakes and surrounds, until further notice.

The ban has been implemented to reduce the risk of spreading the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) virus that has been detected in feral Pacific Oysters in the Port River.

Map of Port River bivalve closure (PDF 244.4 KB)


Prawns

Permanent closure: You cannot take prawns from South Australian waters that are less than 10 metres deep.


Razorfish

Seasonal closure

Closure time: 1 October to end of February inclusive.

Closure location: area between beacons 8, 9, 13, 19, 20, 21, 23, 28 and the shore of the Spencer Gulf to the West.

Map of the Razorfish closure area (PDF 1.0 MB)

Temporary closure

Closure time: until further notice.

Closure location: Port River, including West Lakes and surrounds.

The taking of all bivalve shellfish (including razorfish, oysters, mussels and cockles) is not permitted from the Port River, including West Lakes and surrounds, until further notice.

The ban has been implemented to reduce the risk of spreading the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) virus that has been detected in feral Pacific Oysters in the Port River.

Map of Port River bivalve closure (PDF 244.4 KB)


Rock lobster

Permanent closure

Permanent closure location:

Seasonal closures

Northern zone:

Closure time - northern zone:

  • from 6.00 pm 31 May
  • to 12.00 pm 1 November

Closure location: West from longitude 139º0'4.80" to the Western Australia border. Area includes Kangaroo Island.

Map of South Australian rock lobster fishery zones (JPG 162.2 KB)

Note: The seasonal fishing closure for the commercial Rock Lobster fishery in the Inner Region of the Northern Zone (JPG 368.1 KB) has been temporarily lifted for commercial fishers in 2020 only. This temporary measure will assist commercial fishers overcome the impacts from COVID-19 on the industry. The seasonal fishing closure for recreational fishers in the Northern Zone remains in place.

Southern zone:

Closure time - southern zone:

  • from 6.00 pm 31 May
  • to 6.00 am 1 October.

Closure location: East from longitude 139°0’4.80” to the Victorian border.

Map of southern zone rock lobster fishing area (JPG 162.2 KB)


Snapper

You cannot fish for Snapper in South Australia without a Recreational Snapper tag. All Snapper tags have been allocated for the 2020 season.

Snapper open season for tag holders

Only Recreational Snapper tag holders can target Snapper in South East waters during the open season from 1 February to 31 October 2020.

Tag holders must follow the Snapper tagging and reporting rules.

Snapper closure locations and times

Two Snapper fishing closures are in place to help Snapper stocks recover. During these closures the targeting, take and possession of Snapper is prohibited in the following waters.

  • West Coast / Spencer Gulf / Gulf St Vincent waters:
    • Total Snapper closure until 11.59 pm on 31 January 2023.
  • South East waters:
    • Seasonal closure from 12:01 am on 1 November to 11.59 pm on 31 January each year. You can only fish for Snapper in the South East from February to October each year if you hold a Recreational Snapper tag. All Snapper tags have been allocated for the 2020 season.

A map showing Snapper fishing closures in South Australia. A total Snapper fishing closure is in place in West Coast / Spencer Gulf / Gulf St Vincent waters until 11:59 pm on 31 January 2023. A seasonal closure is also in place in South East waters every year from 12:01 am on 1 November to 11.59 pm on 31 January.
Download the Snapper fishing closures map (PDF 347.9 KB
)

Find out more about Snapper fishing rules.


Vongole (Mud Cockle)

Seasonal closure

Closure time: until 30 June 2020.

Closure location: Port River and surrounding waters. The Port River Vongole (Mud Cockle) fishing zone is closed to both recreational and commercial fishing.

Map of Port River Vongole (Mud Cockle) fishing zone closure (PDF 230.8 KB)

Temporary closure

Closure time: until further notice.

Closure location: Port River, including West Lakes and surrounds.

The taking of all bivalve shellfish (including cockles, oysters, mussels and razorfish) is not permitted from the Port River, including West Lakes and surrounds, until further notice.

The ban has been implemented to reduce the risk of spreading the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) virus that has been detected in feral Pacific Oysters in the Port River.

Map of Port River bivalve closure (PDF 244.4 KB)


Western Blue Groper

A closure applies at all times in:

  • Spencer Gulf
  • Gulf of St Vincent
  • Investigator Strait
  • Backstairs Passage.

Yorke Peninsula shellfish reef

Closure time: currently open to recreational fishing.

Anchoring is prohibited at all times within the reef site to protect reef structures. See the water traffic restrictions Public Notice (PDF 55.3 KB).

Closure location: the restrictions apply within the GPS co-ordinates:

  • 34˚30′36.22″ South, 137°53′56.91″ East
  • 34˚30′29.74″ South, 137°53′57.15″ East
  • 34˚30′36.42″ South, 137°54′04.75″ East
  • 34˚30′29.94″ South, 137°54′04.99″ East

Page Last Reviewed: 10 Feb 2020
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