Reminder issued on metro shark fishing rules

7 January 2016

With holidaymakers taking to the water across the state, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) has issued a reminder to people casting a line that shark fishing is restricted along the metropolitan coastline.

Since November, PIRSA and South Australia Police (SAPOL) have received reports of berleying and shark fishing at locations including Henley, Grange, Pt Stanvac, Hallet Cove, Semaphore and West Beach.

Shark fishing restrictions have been in place since 2012, to limit interactions between recreational shark fishers and other users of metropolitan beaches, such as swimmers and surf clubs.

PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Director Operations, Peter Dietman, said while recreational fishing for sharks in South Australia was traditionally very compliant, it was timely to issue a reminder.

"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," he said. "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 shark fishing rules include gear, time and area restrictions which enable fishers to target species such as rays, Snapper and Mulloway, but limit the potential for fishers to land sharks from metropolitan beaches and jetties.

"Fisheries Officers and SAPOL Officers will respond to reports where possible, with fishers risking an on the spot fine of $315 if caught."

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 mm;
  • Fishing hooks with a gape exceeding 23 mm, or
  • 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 1 mm 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 four kilometres south of Normanville Jetty (an area commonly known as Lady Bay Shacks). View map

The restrictions are in addition to fishing rules that prohibit the use of blood, bone, meat, offal or the skin of an animal as berley, as well as the use of wire trace of two 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 SAPOL on 000.

Sightings of large sharks that do not pose a threat to human life can be reported through the SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app, the 24-hour Fishwatch hotline on 1800 065 522 or online at

The SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app can be downloaded from