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Have your say on the future of snapper

9 August 2019

Community input is being sought on proposed management scenarios for the future management of South Australia’s iconic fish – snapper.

Snapper is a prized species in South Australia’s recreational, commercial, charter boat and Aboriginal traditional fishing sectors and one of the State’s most sought after fish in our markets and restaurants.

As part of the State Government’s review of current management arrangements for snapper stocks, a consultation paper canvassing two management scenarios for the fishery has been released for public comment.

These management scenarios are in response to the most recent scientific information on snapper stocks in South Australian waters. The findings indicate a 23% decrease in stocks in Spencer Gulf and an 87% decrease in the Gulf St Vincent population over the past five years.

Following discussions in early 2019 with all sectors, the consultation paper has been developed to support the recovery of South Australian snapper stocks and secure a sustainable future for all fishers, associated businesses and regional fishing communities.

To view the discussion paper in full, for details on how to provide feedback or to join the online discussion go to

Feedback closes 11:55 PM, Friday 30 August 2019.