Charter boat fishery overview
Charter boat fishing is considered a commercial platform for recreational fishing. The charter boat fishery is managed through a licensing and registration system.
Charter boat fishing happens in South Australian marine waters and has bag, boat, size and trip limits. These might vary from limits that apply to individual fishers.
'Fishing for Tourism' Charter Boat Diversification Program 2019
Through the 'Fishing for Tourism' program, the State Government is committing $500,000 to support diversification in the charter boat sector.
Active Charter licence holders can seek grants from $2,000 to $25,000 for projects that help expand and strengthen the charter sectors offering as a tourism experience.
More information on the 'Fishing for Tourism' program
Snapper management review
The review of management arrangements for South Australia's Snapper fishery has been finalised.
New management measures to support the recovery of Snapper stocks took effect on 1 November 2019.
Learn more about the Snapper management changes.
No new licences for charter boat fishing are currently being issued. Charter boat licences can be purchased from existing licence holders.
Charter boat fishery licences are issued for the term of the management plan. The revised management plan is effective from 1 April 2019 until 30 June 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 instalments.
Licences can be transferred from 1 person to another.
A joint application must be made by the:
- holder of the charter boat fishing licence
Use the Charter Boat Fishing Licence Transfer form () .
Boat registration and de-registration
Every boat that is used for commercial fishing must be registered. Use the following form 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 licence holder. Multiple boat masters can be registered using the form below.
Charter boat fishery management
- Charter Boat Fishery Management Plan () is effective from 1 April 2019 until 30 June 2021.
- Ecologically Sustainable Development Risk Assessment report 2010 for the Charter Boat Fishery ()
Stock assessment reports:
Economic indicator reports:
Rules and closures
Charter boat operators must be aware of size, bags, boat and trip limits that apply to their operation. These might vary from limits that apply to individual recreational fishers.
Recreational fishers are not allowed to sell their catch.
Charter boats are not allowed to fish in closed areas. See the closures page for closure locations.
The South Australian Charter Boat Fishery is regulated through the:
- Fisheries Management (Charter Boat Fishery) Regulations 2016
- Fisheries Management (General) Regulations 2017.
See the Commercial Charter Boat Fishery Operator User Guide 2018 for more information on:
- permitted species
- size limits
- commercial limits
- gear rules
- licence transfers
- demerit points.
Phone: 8226 0900