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Recreational fish possession limits begin

28 September 2012

Recreational fishing possession limits will come into effect for the first time in South Australia, on Sunday 30 September.

Announced in July, possession limits are a fisheries management tool that restricts the number of fish that recreational fishers can catch and stockpile.

Director Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy at PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture, Sean Sloan, said the limits were aimed at protecting South Australian fish stocks from exploitation.

“The introduction of possession limits will prevent recreational fishers from accumulating large amounts of fish and help secure stock sustainability, promote equitable access to fish stocks and reduce the risk of localised depletion,” she said.

Possession limits will apply in circumstances where long-term storage of the three species listed is occurring through methods such as freezing, pickling and smoking.

From 30 September, recreational fishing possession limits will apply to the following species:

• King George Whiting – Limited to six times the bag limit (72 fish) or 7kg of fillets. Where a person has possession of both whole fish and fillets, a limit of up to three times the bag limit (36 fish) and up to 3.5kg of fillets applies
• Pipi (Goolwa Cockle) – Limited to four times the recreational bag limit (1200 Pipi)
• Razorfish – Limited to four times the recreational bag limit (100 fish)

Fisheries Officers will conduct regular patrols of fishing spots and monitor any alleged taking and stockpiling of the prescribed species.

They will also work closely with PIRSA’s statewide network of Fishcare Volunteers, to ensure fishers fully understand the new regulations.

Members of the public are urged to report suspicious or illegal fishing behaviour to the 24 hour FISHWATCH number on 1800 065 522. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.

For more information go to www.pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries/recreational_fishing/possession_limits

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