15 January 2016

Under Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (Closures) Direction No. 1 2016, Australian Sea Lion Management Zone C has been closed to gillnet fishing.

The closure has been implemented under AFMA’s Australian Sea Lion Management Strategy because the trigger limit for mortalities of Australian sea lions for that zone has been reached. The closure will remain in force in this zone until midnight 18 June 2017, 18 months from the date of the last Australian sea lion mortality in the zone.

Zone C is located in waters off South Australia, extending from Point Brown near Streaky Bay to east of Elliston, and is part of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery.

Map of SESSF Closure under the ASL management strategy Jan 2016

Gillnet boats can apply to AFMA for temporary hook permits as an alternative fishing method.  This enables boats to keep fishing for target shark species using a fishing method that is safer for Australian sea lions, although is less efficient at catching gummy sharks.

More information on AFMA’s management of Australian sea lion interactions can be found at afma.gov.au.