One in six South Australians will wet a line at least once this year and there are plenty of opportunities to do just that in our marine parks.
It is only the sanctuary areas of marine parks - which cover about six per cent of state waters - that fishing is not permitted in to protect fragile habitat and breeding sites for some of our best-loved marine life.
The majority of South Australian waters will still be available for fishing.
Marine parks have been carefully designed to avoid popular recreational fishing areas, while access to jetties, boat ramps and popular beaches won’t be affected. RecFish SA's guide to recreational fishing in South Australian marine parks (14.75mb pdf) explains how marine parks will affect recreational fishers.
The government has allowed two years for the restrictions on fishing to come into effect to enable people to prepare for the changes. Zoning maps are available on this website to help you know where you can fish.
Fishing in South Australia offers an exciting challenge for everyone - from the novice and families through to the seasoned angler. Fishing experiences in marine parks include the raw power of surf beaches, your own closely-held offshore spot, or casually fishing from a jetty or breakwater with the kids.
Five iconic South Australian fishing adventures that you can enjoy in marine parks include:
When heading out to fish in a marine park, it’s important to be responsible. While there are no licences required to fish in a marine park, you do need to make sure you are fully equipped with the knowledge to make your fishing adventure not only a fun one, but a safe and responsible one.
Five tips for responsible fishing in a marine park
- Be aware of the sanctuary zones. Respect the areas where you can and can’t fish. Sanctuary zones do not allow you to remove any fish and also have regulations about boat cleaning and releasing bilgewater
- Be aware of other marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and dolphins and the prolific seabird life
- Make sure you know about catch limits and legal lengths for the fish species you are targeting
- Teach any children in your group the importance of ocean safety
- Make sure you’re aware of any seasonal closures - RecFishSA’s website can help.