Lakes and Coorong fishery


The Lakes and Coorong fishery is a multi-species and multi-method fishery.

The native species taken are:

  • Black Bream
  • Golden Perch
  • Greenback Flounder
  • Mulloway
  • Pipi (Goolwa cockle)
  • Yellow-eye Mullet
  • Bony Bream.

Exotic species are:

  • European Carp
  • Redfin.


There are currently no new licences available for commercial fishing in the Lakes and Coorong fishery.


Lakes and Coorong fishery licences are issued for the term of the management plan. The current management plan is effective to 2021.


Commercial licence fees must be paid each financial year. Invoices are issued annually in June.

Payments can be made:

  • up-front
  • in a lump sum
  • in quarterly installments.

Licence transfer

Licences can be transferred from 1 person to another.

Use the application to transfer Lakes and Coorong Fishery licence form (PDF 429.4 KB).

Boat registration and de-registration

Every boat that is used for commercial fishing must be registered.

Use the application to vary a boat registration endorsement (PDF 266.4 KB) to register or de-register a boat.

Boat master registration

All people who act as a commercial fishing boat master must be registered by the license holder. Multiple boat masters can be registered using the form below:

Application to change registration of a master/s (PDF 228.0 KB).

Pipi quota transfer

Licence holders can transfer their quota entitlements to another licence holder. Transfers can be made on a temporary or permanent basis.

See the application to transfer Pipi quota units form (PDF 269.5 KB) for more information and to apply for a quota transfer.

Lakes and Coorong fishery management

Lakes and Coorong fishery area maps

Stock status reports

Economic indicator reports

Econsearch also created a Fishery Gross Margin modelling framework to help with the harvesting strategy in the Lakes and Coorong Pipi fishery.

Fishery Gross Margin Model Development 2012 report (PDF 453.2 KB)


View the Ministerial determinations.

Department of Environment

The Commonwealth Department of the Environment requires that all commercial fisheries that export product be assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Product from the Lakes and Coorong Fishery is currently approved for export.

For more information, go to the South Australian fisheries page on the Department of the Environment website.

Marine Stewardship Council

The Lakes and Coorong Fishery is active in promoting improved environmental practices in the fishery including receiving in June 2008 third party accreditation for the fishery’s operation under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment framework.


Fishing activities in the Lakes and Coorong Fishery are regulated under the:

Commercial fishing zones

Lakes and Coorong commercial fishing zones map (PDF 732.8 KB)


View fishing closures in South Australian waters

South Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (SASQAP)

The Pipi fishery is monitored by the South Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program to provide public health protection for consumers of South Australian shellfish.

See the current SASQAP monitored areas.


Rebecca Atkins
Fishery Manager
Phone: (08) 8429 0241

Page Last Reviewed: 23 Nov 2018
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