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Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA), Media Release, 10 November 2011

With the impending commencement of the yabby season, recreational fishers are being reminded to do the right thing when fishing for the popular species on the state’s inland waterways.


Fisheries Regional Manager at the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) Randel Donovan said in the lead up to Christmas the native freshwater yabby can be found throughout the River Murray system.

“However, before fishers put their pots into the river it is important they pay close attention to the rules to ensure a sustainable fishery for all,” he said.

“It is important to note that it is illegal to take yabbies carrying eggs so any found must be returned to the water immediately”

“Unlike rock lobster pots, yabby pots do not need to be registered and also for the first time this season, fishers will also have the option to use pyramid traps when seeking yabbies. No matter what type of pot or trap is used, they must be tagged and buoyed correctly, unless set from the shore and the fisher is in attendance. When marking pots, fishers need to ensure they have included their name and address.”

“While there are no size limits for yabbies, other restrictions include a personal daily bag limit of 200 and a daily boat limit (when three or more people are fishing on board) of 600.”

“To ensure everyone is doing the right thing we will be increasing our patrols in the coming months in areas where we are aware fishers are targeting yabbies.”

With the advent of warmer weather and more recreational fishing activity happening along the river system Mr Donovan also reminds fishers that European carp (or any non-native fish) caught cannot be returned to the water.”

“All carp species, including European, Koi and Mirror, are introduced species which pose a severe threat to the environment through degrading our inland waterways and competing with native species,” he said.

European Carp (Cyprinus carpio). Photo: PIRSA

Any illegal or suspicious fishing activity, including the unlawful release of carp, can be reported to the 24-hour Fishwatch number 1800 065 522. Callers can speak to a Fisheries Officer and may choose to remain anonymous.

Alternatively, reports of illegal fishing activity can be made through the SA Recreational Fishing Guide app, available via

For further information on recreational fishing rules and regulations (including details for yabbying), permitted gear and how to tag and buoy correctly visit



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