As spring approaches the yellowtail kingfish will soon be making their annual migration into the shallow waters of Coffin Bay.
Local fishers are reminded of the importance to the kingfish life cycle of the sanctuary zone areas in the bay.
Marine Parks Compliance Officer Elise Launer said it is likely yellowtail kingfish use the shallow sheltered bays around Coffin Bay to spawn, making protection of these areas critical to the species.
There are six sanctuary zones in the Coffin Bay area – Kellidie Bay (eastern side of bay), Mount Dutton Bay, Mount Dutton Creek, Horse Peninsula, Yangie Bay and Eely Point.
“There are a number of Marine Park Sanctuary Zones around Coffin Bay and it is important that no fishing activity takes place within the sanctuary zone,” Elise said.
The Kellidie Bay Sanctuary Zone protects some biologically unique ecosystems in Coffin Bay, including seagrass beds, which are home to a wide variety of marine species.
“These protected areas allow yellowtail kingfish and other species to go about their breeding activity with less disturbance. People fishing must be aware they are not able to ‘herd’ fish from the sanctuary zones to outside, and also cannot hook a fish outside of the zone and follow it into the zone to land it,” Elise said.
More information regarding Marine Park Sanctuary Zones can be found online via the Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula (NREP) website. https://www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/eyrepeninsula/news/180912-kingfish