Commercial fishing

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is the government agency responsible for the ecologically sustainable development of South Australia’s aquatic resources.

We achieve this through:

  • administration of the Fisheries Management Act 2007
  • protecting aquatic environments
  • licensing and registration
  • management plans
  • scientific research and innovation
  • increasing trade and investment.

Administration of the Fisheries Management Act 2007

The Fisheries Management Act 2007 provides for:

  • conservation and management of the aquatic reserves of the State
  • management of fisheries and aquatic reserves
  • the cost recovery of services provided to the commercial fishing industry
  • regulation of fishing and the processing of aquatic resources
  • protection of aquatic habitats and organisms
  • control of exotic aquatic organisms and diseases.

Fishing in South Australia is governed by the Act and regulations.

Protecting aquatic environments

We protect the aquatic environment by:

  • enforcing closures and aquatic reserves
  • controlling exotic organisms and aquatic diseases
  • monitoring size and catch limits
  • monitoring interactions with threatened, endangered and protected species
  • monitoring commercial fishing to prevent illegal fishing activities.

Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) Risk Assessment Reports

Licensing and registration

We manage the licensing and registration of the South Australian commercial fishing industry.

Commercial fishing licence and registration supports:

  • scientific research and innovation
  • management and compliance
  • industry support services.

Learn more about commercial fisheries licensing and registration.

Management plans

We collaborate with industry and other stakeholders to write management plans for commercial fisheries and aquatic reserves. The plans are written to comply with the Fisheries Management Act 2007 for the purpose of administration of that Act.

Plans include:

  • description of the fishery
  • management goals
  • co-management arrangements
  • ecosystem impacts
  • allocation of access among sectors
  • harvest strategies
  • regulatory arrangements
  • stock assessment and research
  • compliance and monitoring.

Download the management plans:

Scientific research and innovation

PIRSA’s South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) researches and publishes stock assessment reports for the commercial fishing industry. The reports create a scientific basis for managing and ensuring sustainability of South Australia fisheries.

Learn more about scientific research on each commercial fishery page.

Increasing trade and investment

PIRSA increases trade and investment by:

  • organising trade delegations
  • linking investors to industry contacts.

We work with the Federal and South Australian Governments to organise inbound and outbound trade delegations. Inbound trade delegations come from foreign governments and industries to investigate buying South Australian commercial fisheries products. Outbound trade delegations include South Australian industry and government representatives traveling overseas to sell South Australian commercial fishing products.

PIRSA helps to link potential investors to industry contacts. The close relationship PIRSA has with the commercial fishing industry allows us to help encourage investment.

Page Last Reviewed: 01 Jul 2020
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