Just a reminder that the SA snapper fishing closure starts today!
A little info is included below from the PIRSA website and also info regarding the special closures which continue on from the 15th of December.
In early 2011, PIRSA commenced a review of Snapper management arrangements in response to concerns about the future sustainability of the fishery as a result of increasing commercial fishing effort, and a concentration of targeted fishing activity on breeding aggregations by all fishing sectors â€“ commercial, recreational and charter.
A number of changes have been implemented through the review process to control the level of commercial impact on Snapper stocks and provide great protection to Snapper spawning aggregations. These include:
- A 15-day extension to seasonal Snapper fishing closure, which commenced for the commercial sector in 2012 and will apply to charter and recreational fishers from 2013. The annual state wide closure now applies from midday 1 November to midday 15 December annually.
- A commercial daily commercial catch limit of 500 kg was introduced across all South Australian waters, to control the level of commercial impact on Snapper stocks.
- Commercial fishers were also restricted to using 200 hooks on set lines (longlines) â€“ reduced from 400 hooks â€“ when operating in Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent to assist in constraining Snapper catches to the 500 kg daily limit and minimising discarding of excess Snapper.
In 2013, Snapper spawning spatial closures were introduced for the 2013/13 summer. The closures encompass five key breeding areas â€“ four sites in Spencer Gulf and one site in Gulf St Vincent â€“ the spatial closures will applied from midday 15 December 2013 to midday 31 January 2014. During this time all fishing sectors were prohibited from possessing, fishing for and taking Snapper within the four kilometre radius of each spatial closure area. These spatial closures are currently being reviewed for 2014/15 summer.