Marine Scalefish Fishery reform

Taking the South Australian Marine Scalefish Fishery (MSF) into a sustainable and viable future is behind a $24.5 million State Government historic reform package for the state’s commercial fishing industry.

The transformative reform package, which has been informed through extensive consultation with industry, delivers on the Government’s election commitment to support the reform of the fishery. It will improve the sustainability of South Australia’s fish stocks and the viability of seafood businesses reliant on the fishery.

The Marine Scalefish Fishery reform package includes:

  • introduction of four regional fisheries management zones: West Coast, Spencer Gulf, Gulf St Vincent/Kangaroo Island and South East
  • introduction of a total allowable commercial catch for priority species; King George whiting, snapper, southern calamari and southern garfish
  • allocating quota to fishers, which will be transferable, to manage commercial catch limits
  • a cap on fee increases for the fishery to CPI for four years
  • a voluntary licence reduction program to remove up to 150 commercial licences from the fishery
  • cutting fishing red tape by at least a third.

View Marine Scalefish Fishery Red Tape Reduction Group report – September 2020 (PDF 8.9 MB)

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If you have any questions on the reform process, please contact:


Jon Presser – Manager Fisheries Reform
Phone: (08) 8429 0588

Alice Fistr – Senior Adviser Fisheries Reform
Phone: (08) 8429 3565

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Page Last Reviewed: 25 Sep 2020

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