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Juvenile Snapper
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Male Snapper

A total Snapper closure applies to waters in the West Coast, Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent regions (PDF 352.1 KB) until 11.59 pm 31 January 2023.

An annual seasonal Snapper closure applies to waters in the South East region (PDF 352.1 KB) from 12.01 am on 1 November until 12.01 am on 1 February each year.

During the closures, the targeting, take and/or possession of Snapper is prohibited in these waters. $315 on-the-spot fines or, if prosecuted, a maximum penalty of $20,000 may apply.

Accidentally hooked Snapper caught while fishing for other species must be carefully handled to immediately return it to the water. A release weight must be used to release Snapper.

Catch and release fishing is strictly prohibited.

Catching Snapper in the South East

The Snapper fishing season in the South East is now closed until 1 February 2021.

The recreational catch limit for Snapper for 1 February 2021 to 30 June 2021 has been set at 2,133 kilograms.

The following limits apply for Snapper caught in South East waters. If this limit is reached, snapper fishing will be closed for the recreational sector for the remainder of the season.

Limits (apply in South East waters 1 February 2021 – 30 June 2021)

Minimum size: 38 cm

Personal daily bag limit: 2

Daily boat limit when 3 or more people are fishing on board: 6


  • All recreational fishers will be required to use a ‘release-weight' when releasing snapper.
  • Mandatory reporting of Snapper catches will be required via PIRSA’s recreational fishing app, SA Fishing. The reporting function will be available before 1 February 2021.
  • Recommended management arrangements for recreational and charter boat fishing in the South East from 1 July 2021 will be considered by the Snapper Management Advisory Committee in early 2021.

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