Publications and resources
The following publications are available to provide information about fishing activities, education programs, legislation and current events.
Recreational Fishing Guide
The Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide is a handy resource that outlines all your rights and responsibilities to help you fish sustainably.
Subscribe to Nibbles, a free fortnightly newsletter for recreational fishers.
Fishery Status reports
Reports outlining the status of Victoria's fishery resources. Contains details on recent changes in management arrangements, research and compliance activities.
Victorian fishing analytics report
In 2018, the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) commissioned Red Fox Research Group to develop, conduct and analyse a survey of Victorian fishing licence holders regarding the number of recreational fishing licence sales, participation rates and public awareness of the Target One Million Program.
Victorian fishing analytics report
Ernst & Young Recreational Fishing and Boating Reports 2020
In June 2019, Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) and Better Boating Victoria (BBV), engaged Ernst & Young to estimate the participation in and economic value of recreational fishing and boating in Victoria.
Three reports were produced; one for recreational fishing, one for recreational boating and another incorporating both fishing and boating.
To download full copies of the three reports, please click below:
- The economic value of recreational fishing in Victoria - 2020 Ernst & Young Report (PDF - 2.8 MB)
- The economic value of recreational boating in Victoria – 2020 Ernst & Young Report (PDF - 1.6 MB)
- The economic value of recreational fishing and boating in Victoria - 2020 Ernst & Young
(PDF - 2.9 MB)
Survey of recreational fishing licence holders
In 2018, the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) commissioned Australian Survey Research Group (ASR) to develop, conduct and analyse a survey of Victorian fishing licence holders regarding recreational fishing in Victoria.
This report presents the results of the survey conducted in March and April 2018. The survey focused on Victorian fishing licence holders living in Victoria.
Licence survey results report - October 2018
(WORD - 1.8 MB)
Licence survey results report - October 2018 (PDF - 1.4 MB)
Protocols for translocation
The Guidelines for the Translocation of Aquatic Organisms in Victoria deals with proposals for the deliberate movement of aquatic organisms into and within inland water bodies of Victoria
Fish Stocking reports
The annual Vic Fish Stock report documents the upcoming years native and salmonid stockings.
Management Plans are created in accordance with the Fisheries Act 1995. Their purpose is to specify policies and strategies for the management of a specific fishery.
The department invests in Fisheries research to assist in continually improving management practices and techniques. Specific Research reports can be viewed.
Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Advisory Committee meeting summaries
Members of the Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Advisory Committee (RFLTAC) are appointed by the Minister Responsible for Fisheries.
The role of the committee is to provide advice to the Minister on the expenditure of all Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Account funds.
The committee assesses and provides advice on applications for grants received under the Recreational Fishing Grants Program.
Minutes from the quarterly meetings can be accessed here.
All Fisheries Acts, regulations and notices are available from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary documents.
Fisheries (Fees, Royalties and Levies) Regulations 2017
Commonwealth and Victorian agreement
The below documents are agreements signed by the Commonwealth and Victoria in 1997 with respect to the fisheries in waters relevant to Victoria:
Offshore Constitutional Settlement
Memorandum of Understanding