South Australian seafood businesses have had a difficult year with COVID-19 and current market disruptions, but the resilient businesses are working with the State Government to get the flexibility they need for the New Year.
The Marshall Liberal Government has been working with the seafood sectors to provide flexibility in management where required to assist the sector.
In this latest round of flexible arrangements, rock lobster, abalone, sardine and Gulf St Vincent prawn fisheries will be able to carryover uncaught quotas from this season.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said South Australia's commercial fisheries contributed $547.5 million to the Gross State Product in 2018-19.
“We have some of the world’s best seafood producers right here in South Australia, and they have shown incredible resilience and innovation during this difficult time,” Minister Basham said.
“The Marshall Liberal Government has been working with the seafood sector to discuss new management arrangements to assist the sector bounce back.
“If the market disruption continues some fishery licence holders won’t be able to harvest their full quota before the end of the fishing season. This can come at a significant economic cost to the community and the seafood business." said Minister Basham.