Fishery Permit - Marine Algae

Consultation on the proposed fishery permit has now closed.

PIRSA are considering the community feedback and are formally assessing the application in accordance with the objectives of the Fisheries Management Act 2007. An announcement on the application will be made once this process is complete.

Feedback was sought on an application for an exploratory permit to harvest beachcast marine algae in South Australian waters.

Beachcast marine algae refers to specific plant species that detach from the seabed, wash up and accumulate on the shoreline. This is collectively referred to as wrack. This marine algae cannot reattach and will eventually desiccate and die.

The area in question adjoins the harvest area of an existing Miscellaneous Fishery licence that allows for beachcast marine algae harvest from an area between Cape Jaffa and part way around Rivoli Bay (south of Beachport).

PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture facilitated an ecologically sustainable development (ESD) risk assessment by key stakeholders of the proposed activity to consider:

  • risks and opportunities of the proposal
  • the relative abundance of beachcast seagrass and macroalgae
  • available scientific advice related to the proposed operation

An ESD risk assessment is part of the assessment process for exploratory or developmental permit applications. The ESD risk assessment draft report was also presented for feedback.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the proposed changes please contact:

Kylie Leppa, Policy Officer
Phone: (08) 8429 0516


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