Catching Snapper in the South East

Snapper fishing in South Australia is open from 1 February to 31 October each year in the South East (PDF 347.9 KB) to:

  • Recreational Snapper tag holders
  • Charter Boat Snapper tag holders
  • Commercial fishers.

You cannot fish for Snapper in South Australia without a Snapper tag. All Snapper tags have been allocated for the 2020 season.

For more information about handling and releasing unintentionally caught or undersized Snapper, download the South Australian recreational fishing - Snapper rules (PDF 698.3 KB) brochure.

The waters in the West Coast, Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent regions (PDF 347.9 KB) remain closed to Snapper fishing.

Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for all sectors

A Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) has been established for the commercial sector and a Total Allowable Recreational Catch (TARC) for the Recreational and Charter Boat sectors for the South East Snapper fishing season that commenced on 1 February 2020. The allocation of Snapper resource shares between sectors is consistent with the Management Plan for the South Australian Commercial Marine Scalefish Fishery (PDF 2.1 MB).

  • The TAC has been set at 75,000 kilograms.
  • The TACC has been set at 60,750 kilograms.
  • The Charter Boat Fishery component of the TARC has been set at 7,500 kilograms (equivalent to 3,788 Snapper tags or 49 tags per active Charter Boat Fishery licence holder).
  • The recreational component of the TARC has been set at 6,000 kilograms (equivalent to 3,030 Snapper tags).
  • The TAC also includes a nominal amount set aside for Aboriginal traditional fishing activity.

Recreational fishers

  • A minimum legal size of 38 cm applies to Snapper caught by tag holders.
  • You cannot fish for Snapper in South Australia without a Recreational Snapper tag.
  • A ballot system was used to allocate a limited number of tags to recreational fishers who applied to target Snapper in the South East region. Successful applicants were issued 5 tags per person. All Snapper tags have been allocated for the 2020 season.
  • Tag holders can only target Snapper in South East waters from 1 February to 31 October 2020. They must follow the Snapper tagging and reporting rules.
  • Catch and release fishing that targets Snapper is prohibited for all recreational fishers at all times.
  • Unintentionally caught Snapper must be immediately returned to the water using a release weight.

Charter boat fishers

  • A minimum legal size of 38 cm applies to Snapper caught by tag holders.
  • All recreational fishers, including on a charter boat, must use a release weight when fishing to release undersized Snapper.
  • The taking of Snapper on a charter boat in the waters of the South East is now managed through a tag system. This replaces the previous bag and boat limits.
  • A Charter Boat Snapper tag must be immediately attached to the Snapper once it has been removed from the water and the tag cannot be removed until it is processed or consumed.
  • A Ministerial exemption, which is subject to a number of conditions, is now in place for all Charter Boat operators who wish to target Snapper in the South East and want to traverse through the closure. Charter Boat operators should contact the Surveyed Charter Boat Owners and Operators Association for a copy of the exemption notice.
  • Consistent with statutory reporting requirements, Charter Boat operators are required to report all Snapper caught to PIRSA.

Commercial fishers

  • A minimum size limit of 38 cm continues to apply to Snapper caught by commercial fishers.
  • A 350 kg daily commercial trip limit and a possession limit of 1050 kg with no limits to the days fished.
  • A maximum of 400 hooks per vessel at any one time.
  • No transfer of Snapper onto other vessels will be permitted whilst at sea.
  • A reporting system and a Snapper catch and disposal record system has been implemented.
  • The commercial fisheries with access to Snapper will be closed once the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) of 60,750 kg is reached.
  • Consistent with statutory reporting requirements, commercial fishers are required to report all Snapper caught to PIRSA.
Page Last Reviewed: 06 Apr 2020
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