Snapper fishing in South Australia

Snapper is an iconic fish in South Australia and a primary target species for the commercial, recreational and charter boat fishing sectors.

The decline of Snapper stocks has been noted anecdotally by the recreational, commercial and charter sectors for several years and is supported by the latest science.

South Australia faces a serious challenge in relation to the future management of Snapper in this state. Serious action is required from the commercial, recreational and charter boat fishing sectors to achieve longer term improvement to return the Snapper fishery to sustainable stock levels.

As a result, tough decisions have been made to secure the long-term future of the Snapper fishery for all South Australian fishers, businesses and regional fishing communities. Find out more about the 2019 Snapper Management review.

Catching Snapper in the South East

Snapper fishing in the South East is open from 1 February to 31 October each year. A Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Snapper has been set across all sectors in the South East and is managed through a tag system for the charter boat and recreational sectors.

Find out more about catching Snapper in the South East.

Snapper tags for recreational fishers

Unfortunately, you cannot fish for Snapper in the South East of South Australia without a Recreational Snapper tag. All Snapper tags have been allocated for recreational fishers for the 2020 season.

If you were successful in the ballot and hold Recreational Snapper tags, make sure you know the rules and guidelines for targeting Snapper in the South East from 1 February to 31 October.

Recreational fishers also have an opportunity to fish for Snapper on a Charter boat in South East waters.

What is PIRSA doing to replenish Snapper stocks?

Additional support measures have been established to support the need for urgent action to protect the future of Snapper stocks in South Australia. Find out more about the additional support measures.

Page Last Reviewed: 02 Apr 2020
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