Pipi (Goolwa Cockle) season closure nears

3 May 2012

The annual closure for the taking of Pipi (Goolwa Cockles) comes into effect in South Australian waters on 1 June 2012.

The seasonal closure is in place to ensure the sustainability of the Pipi fishery and reduce year-round fishing pressure.

Fishers have until midnight 31 May, to fish for Pipi at popular Pipi fishing locations including the South East, the Coorong, Goolwa Beach, Eyre Peninsula and the West Coast.

The 2011-12 recreational Pipi season at Goolwa Beach has been affected by area closures since March, due to ongoing concerns about high E.coli levels.

Area restrictions remain in place at Goolwa Beach until the end of the season, with fishers only permitted to take Pipi along the stretch of beach from the Murray Mouth to 5 km south of Beach Road, Goolwa Beach.

A closure is in place from 5 km south of Beach Road, Goolwa Beach to Middleton Point (near Mill Terrace at Middleton).

The season will reopen on 1 November 2012.

Suspicious or illegal fishing behaviour can be reported to FISHWATCH on 1800 065 522. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.

More information, including frequently asked questions and a map of the current closure area, is available at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries