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.

In 2019, tough decisions were announced to secure the long-term future of the Snapper fishery for all South Australian fishers.

Snapper fishing closures

The waters in the West Coast, Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent regions (PDF 352.1 KB) are closed to Snapper fishing until 31 January 2023.

Catching Snapper in the South East

Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Snapper was set across all sectors in the South East for 1 February to 30 June 2021.

The recreational catch limit for this period was set at 2133 kg and was reached in early March. As a result the fishery is now closed. Recreational fishing for Snapper in the South East will reopen on 1 July 2021.

The total allowable commercial catch for this period was set at 21,600 kg and was reached at the end of March. As a result the fishery is now closed. Commercial fishing for Snapper in the South East will reopen on 1 July 2021.

The charter fishery remains open to Snapper fishery.

Find out more information on snapper catch limits and other conditions in the South East for:

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 2021
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