The Lakes and Coorong fishery is a multi-species and multi-method fishery.
The native species taken are:
- Black Bream
- Golden Perch
- Greenback Flounder
- Pipi (Goolwa cockle)
- Yellow-eye Mullet
- Bony Bream.
Exotic species are:
- European Carp
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:
- in a lump sum
- in quarterly installments.
Licences can be transferred from 1 person to another.
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 () 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:
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 () for more information and to apply for a quota transfer.
Lakes and Coorong fishery management
- Management Plan for the South Australian Commercial Lakes and Coorong Fishery – March 2016 ().
- Lakes and Coorong Fishery User Guide ()
Lakes and Coorong fishery area maps
- Map 1 Coorong Area 1 (Murray Mouth – Pelican Point) ()
- Map 2 Coorong Area 1 (Goolwa Barrage – Murray Mouth) ()
- Map 3 Coorong Area 1 (Goolwa Channel Closures) ()
- Map 4 Coorong and Murray Mouth Closures ()
- Map 5 Lakes and Coorong Barrage Closures ()
Stock status reports
- Black Bream stock assessment report 2016 ()
- Coorong fish condition monitoring 2015-16 ()
- Golden Perch stock assessment report 2012 ()
- Greenback Flounder stock assessment report 2007 ()
- Lakes and Coorong Fishery stock statistics report ()
- Mulloway stock assessment report 2014 ()
- Pipi (Goolwa Cockle) stock assessment report 2016/17 ()
- Yelloweye mullet stock assessment report 2013 ()
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.
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:
- Fisheries Management (Lakes and Coorong Fishery) Regulations 2009
- Fisheries Management (General) Regulations 2017.
Commercial fishing zones
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.
Phone: (08) 8429 0241