24 September 2012
Local fishers are being reminded to brush up on rocklobster fishing rules before the Southern Zone season kicks off at 6am on 1 October.
PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Regional Manager Limestone Coast, Mel Snart, said it was important that people adhere to the rules and regulations.
“Fisheries Officers were pleased with the level of compliance from fishers last season,” Ms Snart said.
“The Rocklobster fishery is of great significance to the Limestone Coast region, so it’s important that we all work together to protect fish stocks.
Ms Snart said strict rules apply for Rocklobster fishing in South Australia, with Fisheries Officers conducting regular patrols throughout the year to ensure compliance.
”Rules are in place to secure the sustainability of the fishery and recreational fishers can play their part by ensuring they research and understand fishing rules before heading out on the water,” she said.
“Importantly, fishers are reminded that rocklobster pots can only be operated and checked by the registered owner of the pot, with fishers risking fines of up to $10 000 if caught using or interfering with pots not registered in their name.”
rocklobster fishing rules at a glance:
• Minimum carapace length: 9.85 (Southern Zone only)
• Daily individual bag limit: 4
• Daily boat limit: 8 (where two or more people on board)
• Berried rocklobster (females carrying eggs) are protected and must be returned to the water immediately
• Recreational fishers must clip the middle tail fan horizontally in half before landing
• Report lost or stolen pots to FISHWATCH
Fishers can access up-to-date information about the rules that apply to recreational fishing for Rocklobster, as well as applications to register recreational rocklobster pots with PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries
Suspicious or illegal fishing behaviour can be reported through the 24 hour FISHWATCH number on 1800 065 522. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.