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Temporary commercial crab potting ban along Adelaide's metropolitan beaches

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COMMERCIAL fishers have been temporarily banned from using crab pots along the metropolitan coast until the end of April. Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Gail Gago announced the ban, which will stretch from the southern Outer Harbor breakwater to Marino Rocks, starting Thursday.Ms Gago said it was introduced to ease tension between recreational and commercial fishers during the most popular fishing period.But the state's peak recreational fishing body, RecFishSA said the ban did not go far enough.RecFishSA secretary David Ciaravolo said a longer-term solution was needed to ensure recreational fishing for both business and pleasure can continue."This is only the beginning of it. The ban's only temporary and only relates to a small conflict zone, the metro zone," said."I spend a lot of time at the jetties here in Adelaide and I know that people aren't catching any crabs and the professionals haven't caught any since June. We need something that looks toward the future more, that is more sustainable."Ms Gago believes the ban, which includes commercial fishers who use both blue crab and sand crab pots, will reduce conflict between recreational and commercial fishers.She said the South Australian Blue Crab Pot Fishers Association had been receptive to the new ban."Ensuring the state's fisheries are protected is a priority of the State Government - we have some of the best-managed fisheries in the world and we want to keep it that way," she said.During 2005/06, the State Government implemented a similar ban for the same stretch of coast.Last January, it increased the commercial crab fishing area in Gulf St Vincent by more than 65 per cent.The new temporary closure affects less than two per cent of this area.

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good move makes for safer boating coming in at night not having to worry about avoiding buoys we run 1 over on the way back from a trip out In tha middle didn't like the prop too much :dry: :dry: hopefully the fisheries are still patrolling the beaches after the last few big hauls of Illegal taking of them cheers 4THA

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Last Saturdays {14th feb} tv news report stated that the blue crab fishing in gulf St Vincent on the western side of the gulf has been almost depleted due to over fishing of the species .I am starting to wonder are these the same people that came here from interstate and took a load of KG whiting out of Coffin Bay and sold it interstate . The news report stated that locals on that side of the gulf cannot find crab anywhere. Has anybody else seen this report and if so what is your view of the situation. :headbang:

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