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Snapper Fishing Ban

Snapper closures are now in place

With Snapper fishing closures now underway in SA waters, fishers are being urged to set their sights on a different kettle of fish.

Snapper fishing closures commenced on 1 November 2019 to support the long-term recovery of South Australian Snapper stocks.

The closures were adjusted as part of revised Snapper management measures aimed at returning the Snapper fishery to sustainable stock levels. Closure details include:

  • A total Snapper fishing closure applies in West Coast, Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent waters until 31 January 2023.
  • An annual closure is also in place in South East waters. This closure applies from 1 November until 31 January 2023 each year until 2023.
  • During the closures, the targeting, take and/or possession of Snapper is prohibited.
  • Any Snapper hooked accidentally while fishing for other species must be carefully handled to immediately return it to the water.
  • Catch and release fishing is strictly prohibited.

While Snapper may be off the menu, fishers are encouraged to show their support for regional fishing communities and continue enjoying the diversity of other fishing experiences available in our state’s beautiful waters.

Snook, Australian Herring (Tommies), Yelloweye Mullet, Sweep, Yellowfin Whiting and Sand Crabs are just some of the popular species fishers can target over the summer months.

Map of Snapper closure areas

Find out more about Snapper management measures