Legislation and Regulation

Changes to the Victorian Fisheries Regulations 2009

The Victorian Fisheries Regulations 2009 are due to sunset on 1 February 2020.  The Victorian Government is now seeking your feedback on the proposed changes to our regulations.

Click here to read more about the proposed changes, and to have your say to support Victoria's growing and sustainable fishing sectors.

Fisheries Notices

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