Australian fishermen are not allowed to fish for snapper for three years – with heavy fines for those who break the law
- Fishermen are not allowed to catch a snapper in South Australia for three years
- The limitations follow on a report that indicates a huge decrease in the type of files
- The price of snapper is expected to rise from November onwards due to the ban
Australians are not allowed to fish for snapper in South Australian waters for three years or receive high fines for breaking the law.
The South Australian government will introduce the ban from November 1 of this year – with measures expected to have a major impact on both the professional and recreational fishing community.
The ban follows a report that points to a 87 percent decrease in snapper stocks in the Gulf of St. Vincent and a 23 percent decrease in the Gulf of Spencer in the last five years.
The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) report attributed the decline in fish stocks to professional longline vessels that had caught thousands of tons of snapper for the Melbourne and Sydney fish markets in the last decade.
Australians are not allowed to fish for snapper in South Australian waters for three years or receive high fines for breaking the law
In 2005 the reported annual catch of snapper in the Gulf of St. Vincent was 36 tonnes.
This figure had grown to an annual total of 376 tonnes in 2015.
The ban covers all waters of the state except a part of the southeast coast where it is permitted between February and October under strict conditions.
Once the restrictions are in place, the price of snapper is expected to skyrocket while fishermen compete in other waters such as New Zealand and Victoria.
The charter boat industry in South Australia has said that such closure would destroy their industry and many professional fishermen targeting snapper would also collapse.
For professional fishermen, license fees will be reduced by half thanks to a support package that also gives charter boat operators funding to diversify their activities.
The ban follows a report that noted a 87 percent decrease in snapper (photo) stocks in the Gulf of St. Vincent and a 23 percent decrease in the Spencer Golf in the last five years
Fisheries Minister Tim Whetstone said that fishermen should now focus their attention on other species such as yellowfin tuna, whiting, salmon, mulloway and leather jackets.
& # 39; The latest snap inventory assessment confirms that Gulf St Vincent snapper stocks have continued to decline and have been reclassified as & # 39; exhaustive & # 39;. & # 39; Said Mr. Whetstone.
& # 39; Science has also reconfirmed the snapper shares as & # 39; exhausted & # 39; in the Gulf of Spencer / West Coast. & # 39;
& # 39; If the scientific evidence shows that the snapper stocks have been improved so that sustainable fishing can be undertaken again before February 2023, the government will work with industry and fishery managers to safely reopen the fishery. & # 39;
For professional fishermen, license fees will be reduced by half thanks to a support package that also gives charter boat operators funding to diversify their activities
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