Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 30, 2023


Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary

In reply to the Hon. T.A. FRANKS ().4 May 2023).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): I am advised:

In October 2022, the state government implemented temporary arrangements under section 79 of the Fisheries Management Act 2007. These arrangements required recreational fishers to bring in their hand line, rod and line, or teaser line, if they were within 50 metres of a visible dolphin within the sanctuary. This measure was designed to protect ADS dolphins during kingfish season, a peak time for fishing effort conducted with larger gear within the sanctuary.

The public consultation period on recreational fishing in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary ran for four weeks between late September and late October 2022. I received feedback on this consultation in late November 2022.

Once the temporary section 79 arrangements concluded in late January 2023, it has been necessary to consider how those arrangement worked in practice, and further consideration is now being given to the permanent arrangements moving forward.