09/07/2020 | Tim Whetstone MP | Better Services

The State Government is encouraging recreational fishers across the state to become citizen scientists and help protect the future of South Australia’s iconic Australian Salmon by donating filleted frames for research.

The frames will end up in the labs of the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), where they’ll be studied to obtain information on size, age and reproductive status of Australian Salmon.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said all recreational fishers had the opportunity to donate Australian Salmon filleted frames they catch to science.

“By donating Australian Salmon frames, recreational fishers will help improve our biological knowledge of this species, which will inform how this important fishery is sustainably managed into the future, said Minister Whetstone.

“These school holidays, make the most of our pristine waters, get the kids out fishing and play your part in improving our scientific knowledge at the same time.

“We want frames with the head, gut and skeleton intact, not the fillets – so once recreational fishers have filleted their Australian Salmon catch, all they need to do is place them in a bag, along with a completed donation form.

“There are participating tackle shops all around the state where you can collect a donation form and drop off your frames. If you supply your contact details and information about your catch, you’ll also go into the running to win some great fishing prizes.”

Chair of the Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council Graham Keegan said the MRFAC was supportive of the research initiative, and encouraged all recreational fishers to make the most of fishing for Australian Salmon during the colder months.

“Australian Salmon are an iconic recreational species in South Australia. They are great fun to catch, especially on light fishing gear,” said Mr Keegan.

“They’re caught all year long in SA waters, especially along the mid coast, around the Fleurieu Peninsula and along the state’s west coast in the cooler months.

"It’s also a great target species for fishers of all ages and experience levels. Catch them and eat them fresh, as that’s when they’re at their best, then drop off the filleted frame at your local participating tackle shop.”

You can drop off frames until September 30, 2020. The major funder of the research is the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).

Full details, including where to drop off frames, can be found at pir.sa.gov.au/australian-salmon-research.