New measures to protect South Australia’s iconic Snapper fishery for the future are now in place as of last week with aims to allow the snapper time to recover.
Over the past five years, snapper biomass in the Spencer Gulf has reduced by an estimated 23% biomass in the Gulf St Vincent has reduced by an estimated 87%.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said “Snapper numbers in our gulfs are dangerously low – the science and anecdotal evidence from fishers all tell us this – and strong action must be taken to protect the fishery for the future,”
Whetstone said “The passion our community has for the future of the snapper fishery was clear in the 900-plus submissions that were received during consultation on the future management of snapper.
The State Government is also investing $500,000 over two years from the Regional Growth Fund to undertake a snapper restocking trial in Spencer Gulf and $1 million is being invested in more snapper scientific monitoring and research during the 2019-20 spawning season.”