Friday 13 October 2023

New regulations for recreational fishing within the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary (ADS) will be introduced from Saturday 14 October to strike a balance between the safety of dolphins and acceptable fishing practices.

The new restrictions will be introduced for a period of 12 months while permanent regulations are developed.

These follow a successful trial banning the use of fishing line, by hand or rod, within 50 metres of a visible dolphin in the inner waterways of the Port Adelaide River system, southeast of a line from Pelican Point to the southern breakwater at St Kilda.

That restriction remains and will be joined by the prohibition of fishing hooks larger than 56 mm shank length and 23 mm gape in the same location.

The new regulations will continue to be assessed with permanent regulations set to be introduced within the next 12 months.