Legislative Council: Wednesday, April 10, 2024


Snapper Fishery

The Hon. C. BONAROS (15:23): I seek leave to ask the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development a question about snapper fisheries.

Leave granted.

The Hon. C. BONAROS: I refer to the minister's previous question and answer earlier today and note that the snapper fishery has been and will be predominantly shut, except the South-East region, until at least July 2026. Following the enormous investment in understanding and rebuilding the snapper stocks in South Australia, which has been strongly supported, will the minister confirm that upon reopening the snapper fishery PIRSA will have an explicit take for all stakeholders, given the need for management of this stock to be carefully considered and especially given the pain and hardship that has been caused as a result of current closures for commercial fishers and recreational fishers?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (15:24): I thank the honourable member for her question. In the lead-up to the ending of the current ban on snapper, PIRSA will be taking into account all of the available evidence to see whether reopening is possible and, if it is, under what conditions. All of the matters in regard to allocations would be for consideration at that time.