GOOLWA BEACH - PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture has reopened a five kilometre stretch of Goolwa Beach to recreational Pipi (Goolwa cockle) fishing, after the beach was closed in early March amid concerns of unsafe E.coli levels.
Recreational fishers may now take Pipi along the stretch of beach from the Murray Mouth to five kilometres south of Beach Road, Goolwa Beach.
The closure remains in place from five kilometres south of Beach Road, Goolwa Beach to Middleton Point (near Mill Terrace at Middleton) and will apply until April 30, pending further testing by the South Australian Seafood Quality Assurance Program (SASQAP).
PIRSA Manager, Fisheries Policy and Management Unit, Alice Fistr, said the decision would allow fishers to have access to Pipi over the upcoming Easter and school holiday period.
"I'd like to thank recreational fishers who regularly fish for Pipis for their cooperation with the closure to date," Ms Fistr said.
"We are pleased to be able to reopen a section of the beach, which we know is now safe for fishers to be able to enjoy recreational fishing activities over the holidays.
"While the closure of the remaining section is unfortunate, it's important that the area remains closed to ensure the public don't come into contact with Pipis containing unsafe levels of E.coli."
With more floodwaters expected over coming weeks, SASQAP will continue to monitor E.coli levels in the interests of public health and safety.
"Elevated E.coli levels are often the result of high levels of water flowing through the Murray Mouth system," Ms Fistr said.
The current partial closure decision was made following testing by SASQAP on March 26, which showed bacteria levels were at acceptable levels close to the Murray Mouth, but higher readings at points further out.
The recreational Pipi fishing season ends on May 31.
More information is available at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries
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