King George Whiting spawning spatial closure about to begin

Primary Industries and Regions SA reminds recreational and commercial fishers that the King George whiting spawning spatial closure will commence Monday, May 1 until Thursday, May 31.

Fishers meanwhile can help scientists researching the species by keeping and donating whiting frames to the South Australian Research and Development Institute. 

The closure, put in place to protect the species during its breeding season, includes an area north of Kangaroo Island spanning southern Spencer Gulf, southern Gulf St Vincent and Investigator Strait.

For KI anglers, whiting are not allowed to be caught north of the line of latitude 136 degrees 40 minutes and 138 degrees during the May closure. 

During the closure the taking, targeting and possession of King George whiting by all fishing sectors is prohibited in the closure area.

This prohibition includes travelling through the closure area whilst in possession of King George whiting.

PIRSA acting executive director Peter Dietman said the closure was part of a suite of measures aimed at protecting sustainable King George whiting stocks in South Australian waters.

“Ongoing research carried out by PIRSA’s research division, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), indicates promising improvement to the overall status of the stocks, particularly in Spencer Gulf,” Mr Dietman said.

“Recreational fishers can play a part in research and improving our understanding of the species by getting involved in SARDI’s King George whiting project.

CLOSURE SIGNS: The King George whiting spawning spatial closure sign is located at the Bay of Shoals boat ramp at Kingscote.

CLOSURE SIGNS: The King George whiting spawning spatial closure sign is located at the Bay of Shoals boat ramp at Kingscote.

“Part of the project involves recreational fishers handing in their whiting frames to be analysed by SARDI scientists for valuable biological information on fish size, age and reproductive condition.

“The outcomes of this research will be used to inform future management arrangements for the species.”

For full details on the closure visit pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/fishing_limits/king_george_whiting or download the free SA Recreational Fishing Guide app pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/recfishingapp

More details on the FRDC-funded King George whiting frame research project are at pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/recreational_fishing/king_george_whiting_project

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