Annual pipi closure to begin across South Australia

Recreational fishers across South Australia are reminded that the annual state-wide closure of Pipi (Goolwa Cockles) begins next Saturday June 1 and runs until October 31.

Recreational fishers across South Australia are reminded that the annual state-wide closure of Pipi (Goolwa Cockles) begins next Saturday June 1 and runs until October 31.

Recreational fishers are reminded that the annual state-wide closure of Pipi (Goolwa Cockles) begins this Saturday June 1, meaning Pipis cannot be taken from South Australian waters.

The closure, runs until October 31, and is part of sustainable management arrangements of the fishery.

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Fisheries and Aquaculture Executive Director, Sean Sloan said the closure supports the Pipi population.

"Closing the recreational Pipi fishery on the Younghusband Peninsula (including Goolwa Beach) at this time each year supports a healthy Pipi population and maintains a sustainable recreational catch within the allocated area," he said.

"These rules are an important management tool to ensure the sustainability of the popular recreational Pipi fishery.

"Fisheries Officers will continue to patrol Pipi fishing beaches over the coming months to ensure everyone is doing the right thing during the closed season.

"If you see anyone taking the shellfish during the closed season, please report it to Fishwatch."

Fishers caught taking Pipi during the prescribed off-season could face fines of up to $20,000 and risk their catch and equipment used in any illegal take being seized.

Pipi is a popular species for recreational fishers with an estimated 3.24 million Pipi collected across 2013-14, according to the South Australian Recreational Fishing Survey.

Information about the closure can be found at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing or through the SA Recreational Fishing Guide app which can be downloaded via www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp

Suspicious or illegal fishing behaviour can be reported to the 24-hour Fishwatch number on 1800 065 022. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.