Legislation and Regulation

Fisheries Notices

Fisheries Notices provide an important management tool to implement fisheries management measures promptly and in response to emerging fisheries management issues.

The arrangements put in place by those Fisheries Notices that are in relation to recreational fishing, as well as all other recreational fishing regulations, can be found in the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide.

Fisheries Notices currently in place

Protected Aquatic and Priority Species

Protected Aquatic Biota (PAB) are declared under the Fisheries Act 1995. Species of the family Syngnathidae (seahorses, sea dragons and pipefish) are declared PAB. A person must not take, injure, damage, destroy, possess, keep, display for reward, release into Victorian waters or sell any PAB unless otherwise authorised.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority may issue a permit to a person to take, injure, damage, destroy, possess, keep, display for reward, release into Victorian waters or sell PAB.

Permits can only be issued in accordance with the PAB Permit Policy Statement. Persons wishing to apply for a PAB permit are advised to review the policy statement before submitting an application.

Permit Policy Statement