CANBERRA, Sep 29, 2019, AAP. A statewide snapper fishing ban will begin on November 1, as part of the South Australian government’s bid to help decimated fish stocks recover. After a public consultation, the state government will implement a total ban for the Spencer Gulf, West Coast and Gulf St Vincent until January 31, 2023, reported the News.com.au.
Controlled fishing in the South East waters during the non-spawning season between February and October will be permitted.
However, a closure will apply from November 1 to January 31 each year.
Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone said the science showed drastic action was required.
“We will not take a back seat and watch this species decline and put at risk the chance of our grandchildren being able to catch this iconic species in South Australian waters,” Mr Whetston said.
He said South Australian’s were passionate about the fishery future as more than 900 submissions were received during the consultation period.
A multi-million-dollar support package will be provided by the state government.
The package will include commercial fishing license fee relief, funding for additional snapper science, recreational fish restocking programs and a charter boat diversification support package.