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Metropolitan shark fishing restrictions to stay

27 November 2013

Temporary measures introduced last year to restrict shark fishing along the metropolitan coastline will be made permanent.

In the 18 months that the interim restrictions have been in place Fishcare Volunteers and Fisheries Officers have been monitoring the behaviour of fishers in the area.

As a result of these restrictions there has been a marked decline in reports of daytime shark fishing and burleying on metropolitan jetties and beaches.

Fishers are still able to target species such as rays, snapper and mulloway, but are unable to target and land sharks in metropolitan areas.

At this time of year it is typical for sharks to become more visible in coastal waters as they follow fish populations, such as snapper, into the gulfs.

While their presence is not unexpected, it’s important that people exercise common sense and avoid activities that might attract sharks near populated swimming areas.

The interim arrangements were put in place following consultation with representatives of the recreational fishing sector, including RecFish SA.

It is illegal to use any of the following:
- any wire trace
- any monofilament trace exceeding 1mm in diameter
- fishing hooks with a shank length exceeding 56 millimetres
- fishing hooks with a gape exceeding 23 millimetres
- any combination or gang of hooks which are joined by threading the point of one through the eye of another (unless separated by monofilament fishing line not exceeding 1mm in diameter).

The above gear restrictions apply daily between 5am and 9pm in the waters and adjacent foreshore areas between the southernmost breakwater at Outer Harbor to 4 kilometres south of Normanville Jetty (an area commonly known as Lady Bay Shacks).

The restrictions are in addition to existing fishing rules prohibiting the use of blood, bone, meat, offal or the skin of an animal as berley, as well as the use of wire trace of 2 millimetres or greater gauge, and fishing hooks with a size of 12/0 or greater.

Any shark sightings, where the shark poses an immediate danger to human life should be reported immediately to SA Police on 000.

Sightings of large sharks that do not pose a threat to human life can be reported through the new SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app or the 24-hour FISHWATCH hotline on 1800 065 522 or online at www.pir.sa.gov.au/sharks.

The SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app can be downloaded from http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp.

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