Fishing restrictions for sharks
White Sharks are a protected species in South Australia.
They are protected under Section 71 of the South Australian Fisheries Management Act 2007.
The Act prohibits the:
of White Sharks (including any body parts). There is a penalty of up to $100,000 or 2 years imprisonment for individuals prosecuted in court.
See the fishing limits page for information about catch limits for sharks.
It is illegal to take any fish using the following together:
- a wire trace with a gauge of 2 mm or greater
- a fishing hook greater than size 12/0.
Metropolitan shark fishing restrictions prohibit:
- the use of wire trace or a monofilament trace exceeding 1mm in diameter
- hooks with a shank length greater than 56mm and a gape greater than 23mm.
- between 5am and 9pm daily
- from the southernmost breakwater at Outer Harbor to Yankalilla Bay.
Berley and Berleying
Berleying is a risk to water users because it may attract sharks.
The following must not be used for burley in any South Australian marine waters:
- animal skin.
Commercial fishing restrictions are also in place to minimise the impact on shark populations.
Commercial fishers are:
- Prohibited from taking White Sharks.
- Limited to a daily total trip limit of 5 School and Gummy Sharks.
- Prohibited from using wire trace with a gauge of 2 mm or greater in conjunction with fishing hooks greater than a size 12/0 at any time.
- Restricted on the usage and length of mesh nets.
- Limited on the number of hooks that can be used on long lines.