Have your say on two management scenarios for the future management of South Australia’s iconic fish – snapper.
What is being decided?
A Consultation paper: Management scenarios for snapper in South Australia, canvassing two management scenarios for the fishery is now available for public comment.
The consultation on management scenarios is in response to the most recent scientific information on snapper stocks in South Australian waters. The latest South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) stock assessment report, published in November 2018, identified further deterioration in the sustainability of the snapper stock in West Coast/Spencer Gulf, which has been assigned a stock status classification of ‘depleted’. This was the first time snapper has been classified as ‘depleted’ in South Australia.
The Gulf St Vincent and South East stocks were assigned a stock status classification of ‘sustainable’, however, there are indications of increased pressure on the Gulf St Vincent stock, which also need to be managed.
In June 2019, SARDI provided additional updated scientific information on snapper spawning biomass estimates from scientific surveys undertaken in December 2018. The latest findings on the spawning biomass estimates have indicated a 23% decrease in the stock in Spencer Gulf and an 87% decrease in the Gulf St Vincent population over the past five years.
To secure the long-term future of the fishery for all South Australians, action will be required to return the West Coast/Spencer Gulf stock to a sustainable stock level and to maintain a ‘sustainable’ stock classification for the Gulf St Vincent and South East stocks.
Following consultation with all industry sectors, two management scenarios proposing strengthened snapper restrictions for the upcoming breeding seasons have been developed. Each scenario includes a suite of actions to be undertaken to protect current snapper stocks and support a recovery strategy for the fishery:
- Management scenario A
A statewide 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.
Find out more about the management scenarios in the Background tab.
We want to hear your feedback on the proposed management scenarios. A summary of the consultation paper is also available.
How can your input influence the decision?
It is important that every interested person has a chance to comment on the proposed management scenarios. Your input will be considered to finalise the future management arrangements for the snapper fishery.
To provide your feedback, read the Consultation Paper: Management scenarios for snapper in South Australia or the summary information and:
All submissions may be made publicly available.
What are the next steps?
Feedback will inform decisions about future fishery management arrangements for South Australia’s snapper fishery. It is expected new management arrangements will be announced before the start of the 2019 snapper breeding season in October 2019.
For more information:
- Email: PIRSA.Feedback@sa.gov.au
- Phone: (08) 8226 0900
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Closing date: 11.55pm 30 August 2019