Corner Inlet Fishery Management Plan

Have your say on the Corner Inlet Fishery Management Plan

The Corner Inlet fishery is one of Victoria’s most important fisheries. It is a significant supplier of local seafood, supports local employment in regional towns of southern Gippsland and provides one of Victoria’s best recreational fishing experiences.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) has developed a draft Corner Inlet Fishery Management Plan with the assistance of a stakeholder-based steering committee over the last 12 months. This comprised of Seafood Industry Victoria, Corner Inlet commercial fishers, Traditional Owners, VRFish and FutureFish. We also involved subject matter experts along the way.

The Plan provides direction and identifies measures to ensure the effective, efficient and ecologically sustainable management of fishing in Corner Inlet to ensure it remains a thriving fishery into the future.

Commercial, recreational and indigenous fishers, seafood consumers and the wider community are now invited to provide feedback and have their say on the future of this important Victorian fishery.

Click below to access a copy of the draft management plan.

Draft Corner Inlet Fishery Management Plan
(PDF - 4.6 MB)

If you would like to know more about the process and considerations in developing the draft Plan, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click here to access a fact sheet (PDF - 238.6 KB) .

The statutory requirements for fishery management plans are specified in the Fisheries Act 1995. In accordance with the Act, the Minister for Fishing and Boating, the Hon Melissa Horne, has confirmed the intent to declare a management plan for Corner Inlet and the draft Plan has been released for 60-days public consultation.

To have your say, you can provide a written submission* by 27 February 2022. Submissions should be sent to

All feedback received via submissions will be considered by the VFA, in consultation with the Corner Inlet Fishery Management Plan Steering Committee. A report will be provided to the Minister for Fishing and Boating along with a potential final Plan for consideration and declaration by the Minister.

Please contact Lachlan Smith via the email address above if you would like further information.

*Please note all submissions received in relation to the consultation being conducted by VFA will be published on the VFA website. In making a submission, the person will be consenting to their submission, including their name, being published on the VFA website for 90 days or more from the conclusion of the consultative process. Other personal details from such as address or email address will not be made publicly available. A person may make indicate they wish for their submission to be made confidential and in doing so, the details will not be made publicly available at the end of the public consultation process.

Chair’s meeting summaries

The Chair’s summaries for each Steering Committee meeting are uploaded here after each meeting as soon as practicable.

The Committee will be reconvened following the public consultation process.