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Cuttlefish closure and new recreational fishing regulations 1998

July 1, 1998|Posted in: Cephalopods

The following notice was recently received from PIRSA (Primary Industries and Resources SA) dated 22nd May 1998:

“The Government, on advice from the Minister for Primary Industries, Natural Resources and Regional Development, has reviewed the management arrangements introduced for the cuttlefish fishery on 25th February 1998.

Recreational bag/boat limits have now been introduced for cuttlefish throughout South Australia.

These measures now include the closure of all waters of Spencer Gulf within an area bounded by a line commencing at the Point Lowly lighthouse, then to the southern end of the Port Bonython jetty, then to the seaward end of the western boundary fence of the SANTOS facility (position latitude 32° 59.7´ S, longitude 137° 45´ E), then following the high water mark in an easterly direction to the point of commencement until 30 September 1998 to the taking of all species of cephalopods (squid, cuttlefish and octopus). All other species of scalefish can be taken.

A recreational bag limit of 15 cuttlefish per day and a boat limit of 45 per day have now been implemented in all remaining waters of the state to protect the resource.

It should be noted that management arrangements for the fishery will continue to be reviewed following further surveys and the development of biological indicators.”

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