Results are in for South Australia’s first recreational snapper fishing ballot, which received more than 3,600 applications from fishers contending for the chance to target the iconic species in the south east waters during the 2020 season.
Regional SA fishers have come up trumps in the random ballot for tags to go recreational fishing for snapper from 1 February 2020.
Across the state, nearly 392 recreational fishers have been successful in obtaining near 1,960 snapper fishing tags (65 percent).
Fishers from all points of South Australia participated in the ballot for snapper fishing tags including 23 from the Eyre Peninsula.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the tag system for recreational and charter operators for the controlled opening for snapper fishing in South East regional waters, along with a total allowable catch (TAC) for commercial fishers, was recommended by the Snapper Management Advisory Committee as part of a suite of measures aimed at rebuilding South Australia’s depleted snapper stocks.
“As part of the management measures, recreational fishing snapper tag holders must be in possession of tags in their name at all times when fishing for snapper,”
“Tags are colour-coded to ensure that they are only used in the 2020 snapper season, and are not transferrable between recreational fishers.
“Recreational, commercial and charter fishers will also be required to report all snapper caught to Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) with recreational fishers also required to use snapper release weights on undersized fish to improve chances of survival during the open season.” said Whetstone.
A total closure on snapper fishing in the Spencer Gulf, West Coast and Gulf St Vincent remains in place until 31 January 2023.
For more details on the management arrangements for snapper fishing visit the PIRSA website.