Coffin Bay marine parks to protect kingfish

RETURNING: Yellowtail kingfish swimming in deeper waters of the coast of Eyre Peninsula will soon make annual migration shallow waters for breeding. Photo: Department of Environment and Water
RETURNING: Yellowtail kingfish swimming in deeper waters of the coast of Eyre Peninsula will soon make annual migration shallow waters for breeding. Photo: Department of Environment and Water

Fishermen are being reminded to adhere to sanctuary zone areas as yellowtail kingfish will soon return to Coffin Bay.

As part of their annual migration the kingfish will soon be likely returning to the shallow waters of Coffin Bay to spawn.

Marine Parks compliance officer Elise Launer said because of this it was critical that these area were protected.

“There are a number of Marine Park Sanctuary Zones around Coffin Bay and it is important that no fishing activity takes place within the sanctuary zone,” she said.

There are six sanctuary zones in Coffin Bay; Kellidie Bay, Mount Dutton Bay, Mount Dutton Creek, Horse Peninsula, Yangie Bay and Eely Point.

Ms Launer said these protected areas allowed the kingfish to breed without disturbance.

She said people were encouraged to view the diversity of species in the Marine Parks, but should stick to the rules.

“People fishing must be aware they are not able to ‘herd’ fish from the sanctuary zones to outside, and also cannot hook a fish outside of the zone and follow it into the zone to land it,” she said.

“People in recreational vessels can enter the sanctuary zones to view and enjoy the marine life; however, motorised water sports and fishing need to be outside of the sanctuary zones.

“Rangers regularly patrol the sanctuary zones and people are encouraged to report any illegal behaviour.”

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