Hundreds of thousands of snapper fingerlings will be released off South Australia’s coastline over the coming months, as part of a desperate attempt to replenish critically low stocks of the native fish.
- Snapper stocks in SA’s gulf waters are critically low
- A statewide ban on snapper fishing was introduced last year
- Authorities have spawned 300,000 fingerlings to be released back into the gulfs
A “drastic” total fishing ban was introduced in September 2019, applying to all coastal areas except the state’s south-east, in an attempt to safeguard snapper from overfishing.
An SA Research and Development Institute (SARDI) restocking program was launched around the same time the ban was introduced, resulting in 300,000 fish being…