Holidaymakers and keen recreational fishers are reminded to make themselves aware of fishing rules ahead of the Australia Day long weekend.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regions Tim Whetstone emphasised the importance of knowing the fishing rules as they dust off their fishing gear and hit the water over the weekend.
“The summer holiday period is typically the busiest and most popular time for anglers across the state and being prepared before you head out on the water is vital,” said Minister Whetstone
“While the majority of fishers do the right thing, it is important that all fishers adhere to the various rules to preserve fish stocks for future generations.
“Whether you are new to fishing, or a seasoned angler, we ask everyone to take responsibility on the water and understand the fishing rules that apply, including boat, bag, size and possession limits.
“If you get caught doing the wrong thing you could be fined, have your gear seized and who wants to spoil a holiday with a hit to the hip-pocket?”
Minister Whetstone also urged local and visiting seafood lovers to be open to trying and targeting a range of alternative species on offer in South Australian waters.
“While some of the more well-known remain ever-popular, summer is a great opportunity to enjoy a variety of other species,” said Minister Whetstone.
“Changing your targeting practices can help relieve pressure from our well known species.
“Tommy Ruff, Snook, Yellowfin Whiting, Yelloweye Mullet, Silver Trevally, Western Australian Salmon, Mulloway, Flathead, Golden Perch and Leather Jackets all offer great eating and enjoyable catching experiences.
“Regardless of whether it’s a hobby, a passion or a chance to spend downtime with family and friends, a simple change in your preferred bait or lure for recreational fishers can bring in a species you haven’t caught before.
“If you buy your fish rather than catching it, changing your purchase habits is also a great way to support our hardworking commercial fishers who will be continuing to bring in fresh catches throughout summer.”
Prominent cooking identity and Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Food and Wine Ambassador, Simon Bryant, also encouraged home chefs to experiment with seafood these holidays.
“I’m a huge supporter of our local seafood industry and love to use seasonal species in my recipes,” said Mr Bryant.
“Our Spencer Gulf prawns and the pipi and sardine fisheries are also great choices when it comes to supporting sustainability, with each fishery having gained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification – a global accreditation which recognises sustainable fishing practices.”
For further information on fishing limits, fishing gear, closures and aquatic reserves and protected species visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing, download the free SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app (www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp), or call the 24-hour Fishwatch hotline - 1800 065 522. Members of the public can even SMS a fish name to 0427 767 995 and receive an immediate text response.