New Emu Bay boat ramp opens in time for Easter

The Kangaroo Island Council has announced the new boat ramp at Emu Bay has been partially opened, just in time for Easter.

The 4-metre-wide side of the ramp is now available for use for recreational boats.

The 8-metre-wide side of the ramp is bunted off and remains under construction so should not be used.

Acting CEO Greg Georgopoulos said work had now been halted over the Easter break to allow for safer boating access.

The contractor will return on April 30 to complete the remaining works, including the right-hand side jetty, car park and rock armouring of the car park.

KI fishing activity

The American River Easter fishing competition is on this weekend, with registration at 8am on Easter Saturday at The Shed.

King George whiting continue to bite well out on Nepean Bay with plenty of snook around in certain spots too. Reports of good mullet catches from beaches around the Island.

If you're planning to go fishing over the school holidays or Easter long weekend, make sure you know the fishing rules.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said you can't underestimate the importance of knowing South Australia's fishing rules before dropping a line or net.

"Make sure you understand the fishing rules, including size, bag, boat and possession limits as well as the right fishing gear," he said.

"There are plenty of ways you can check on fishing rules-including the free SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app (, the 24-hour Fishwatch hotline on 1800 065 522, the PIRSA website or even SMS a fish name to 0427 767 995 and receive an immediate text response with information.

"Fishcare Volunteers will be out and about over the holiday period to assist fishers with understanding the rules and offering fishing tips," he said.

"Fisheries Officers will be patrolling popular fishing areas and hotspots over the Easter break, and if you are caught doing the wrong thing, you could be fined and even have your gear seized.

"While most recreational fishers do the right thing, it is important that everyone follows the rules, to preserve fish stocks for future generations."

Illegal or suspicious fishing behaviour can be reported via the SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app, or to the 24-hour FISHWATCH number on 1800 065 522.