Fishers around the region now have their chance to speak out about the sustainability of the snapper stock in the Spencer Gulf.
It’s the first time the area has even been given a stock status classification of ‘depleted’.
The government have put forward two management scenarios that should strengthen snapper numbers with the upcoming breeding season in mind.
One scenario would be to ban fishing across the state for three years while the other would close waters in the Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent regions between October and February till 2023.
Management scenario A
A state-wide snapper closure would apply to all state waters from 1 October 2019 to 28 February 2023. This closure would cover four summer snapper spawning periods.
Management scenario B
A total snapper closure would apply to the waters in the West Coast/Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent regions from 1 October 2019 to 28 February 2023. An annual seasonal snapper closure (from each October to the end of each February) would apply to the waters in the South East region until 28 February 2023. When the South East is open to fishing a limit on the total allowable catch by all sectors would be in force.
The government says something needs to be done to secure the long-term future of the fishery for all South Australians.
Consultation is open till the end of the month, get more info here.