PIRSA investigating alleged illegal abalone fishing at Ceduna

INVESTIGATION: PIRSA fisheries officers at the Puckridge Boat Ramp.
INVESTIGATION: PIRSA fisheries officers at the Puckridge Boat Ramp.

Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) is conducting an investigation into alleged illegal abalone fishing in the Ceduna area.

PIRSA fisheries officers were at the Puckridge Boat Ramp last Wednesday and Thursday to investigate the matter, with the support of police.

Executive director for PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Sean Sloan said the investigation was ongoing.

“Two males have been interviewed and [a] vessel seized,” he said.

“The investigation is continuing and there are no further details at this time.

“I want to remind the public that suspicious or illegal fishing activities can be reported 24-hours, seven days a week to Fishwatch on 1800 065 522, and callers can choose to remain anonymous.”

SA Abalone Industry Association president Jonas Woolford said if people engaged in illegal activities it posed a threat to the industry.

“We work closely with PIRSA to report any suspect activity,” he said.

“We have had a sustainable resource for 50 years and people stealing them do pose a real threat to sustainability because they take all sizes.

“They take everything, but especially target juvenile abalone that haven’t had a chance to spawn.”

For more information relating to abalone bag, boat and size limits, please visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/fishing_limits.