Removal of net fishing from Port Phillip Bay

Following careful consideration, the Victorian Government announced a commitment to grow recreational fishing in Victoria through a number of measures, including the phasing-out of all commercial netting in Port Phillip Bay.

The Victorian Government recognises the hard work and contribution that business men and women make in the commercial fishing industry across the State. The government acknowledges that the halting of netting will impact on people's livelihoods, and has worked hard to ensure that the removal of netting is done in a way that is respectful.

A list of frequently asked questions has been prepared and will be updated as work progresses on delivering on this commitment.

This web page will be updated as more information becomes available.

If you would like further information, please contact Craig Ingram, Project Coordinator, Target One Million, by email craig.ingram@vfa.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 9658 4737.

Regulations amended

Following consultation in December 2015 on the catch limits and reporting requirements, the Minister approved amendments to the Fisheries Regulations 2009 to support implementation of the phase-out of netting.

These amendments include the creation of individual catch limits and improved reporting and notification requirements for those Western Port/Port Phillip Bay Access Fishery Access Licence holders still operating in the fishery.

The regulations may be accessed here.

The regulations came into operation on 1 April 2016.

Second round of nominations to exit the fishery has closed

The second round of nominations closed on 17 February 2017. Consistent with the legislation, eligible fishers were able to nominate to accept a compensation offer to exit before 1 April 2017 or make no formal decision at this stage. 

Thirty-three fishers decided to exit the fishery on 1 April 2016. Eight nominated to remain post-2022 and two have made no decision at this stage.