Commercial fishers, including those in the Spencer Gulf, will see a change in catch quotas thanks to the South Australian marine scale fishery undergoing a major reform.
The reforms which were finalised this week will take effect on July 1st, and offer fishers a tailored quota based on their catching history between 2010 and 2016, creating a more equitable allowance.
130 marine scale fish licence holders applied to surrender their licence as part of the reform, which frees up the allowance available to the remaining licence holders.
Respected former magistrate Dr Andrew Cannon AM says, “Fishers who had applied for both the voluntary licence surrender and the exceptional circumstances process have three weeks from when they receive the outcome of their exceptional circumstances application to decide whether they stay in the industry or exit.”
All licence surrenders will be completed by the end of May, 2021.
Other reforms include establishing regional fishery management zones, and a cap on fee increases over the next four years.