Feedback is being sought about the management scenarios to recover snapper stock in South Australian waters.
A consultation paper canvassing two management scenarios in response to the recent scientific information on snapper stock in South Australia is now available.
In June 2019, SARDI provided updated scientific information on snapper spawning biomass estimates from scientific surveys undertaken in December 2018. The latest findings 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.
Following consultation with all industry sectors, two management scenarios were proposed 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.