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

Fisheries (golden perch) Notice 2017 [MS Word Document - 35.5 KB]

The objective of this Notice is to fix a reduced catch limit for Golden perch in lakes and impoundments.

Fisheries (Murray Spiny Freshwater Crayfish) Notice 2017 [MS Word Document - 38.0 KB]

The objectives of this Notice are to extend the closed season in specified waters, increase the minimum legal size, set a maximum legal size, reduce the catch limit and impose a state-wide possession limit for recreational Murray spiny crayfish fishing in Victorian inland waters.

Fisheries (Eastern Abalone Zone-Revised) Notice 2017 [MS Word Document - 36.5 KB]

The objective of this Notice is to fix minimum size limits for blacklip abalone taken under an Abalone Fishery Access Licence in the eastern abalone zone. It, in addition, rescinds Fisheries (Eastern Abalone Zone) Notice 2017 in order to remove a minor administrative error.

Fisheries (Golden Perch) Notice 2016 [MS Word Document - 18.4 KB]

The objective of this Notice is to fix a reduced catch limit for Golden Perch in lakes and impoundments.

Fisheries (Hazelwood Pondage) Notice 2016 [MS Word Document - 249.6 KB]

The objective of this Notice is to regulate fishing on Hazelwood Pondage.

Fisheries (Murray Cod) Notice 2016 [MS Word Document - 44.0 KB]

The objective of this notice is to fix catch and size limits for Murray Cod across all Victorian waters and open Lake Eildon to Murray Cod fishing the whole year.

Fisheries (Murray Spiny Freshwater Crayfish) Notice 2016 [MS Word Document - 29.6 KB]

The objectives of this Notice are to extend the closed season in specified waters, increase the minimum legal size, set a maximum legal size, reduce the catch limit and impose a state-wide possession limit for recreational Murray spiny crayfish fishing in Victorian inland waters.

Fisheries (Trout Cod) Notice 2016 [MS Word Document - 43.5 KB]

The objectives of this Notice is to open a Trout Cod fishery in specified Victorian waters and set a catch limit and size limit for Trout Cod.

Fisheries (Western Abalone Zone) Notice 2017 [MS Word Document - 34.5 KB]

The objective of this Notice is to fix minimum size limits for blacklip and greenlip abalone taken under an Abalone Fishery Access Licence in the western abalone zone.

Fisheries (Central Abalone Zone) Notice 2017 [MS Word Document - 43.1 KB]

The objective of this Notice is to fix minimum size limits for blacklip abalone and greenlip abalone taken under an Abalone Fishery Access Licence in the central abalone zone and the catch levels at which spatial management zones will be closed to commercial abalone fishing.

Fisheries (Gemfish) Notice 2016 [MS Word Document - 24.1 KB]

This Fisheries Notice removes the current prohibition on the take of gemfish by recreational fishers and sets the bag/ possession limit at five fish.

Fisheries (Commercial Snapper Catch Limit) Notice 2016 [MS Word Document - 38.1 KB]

The objective of this Notice is to implement measures that will protect snapper populations by establishing catch and trip limits and reporting requirements for the Trawl (Inshore) Fishery.

Fisheries (Victorian Pipi) Notice 2016 [MS Word Document - 411.4 KB]

The objective of this Notice is to address sustainability concerns for Victorian pipi stocks and related management issues by closing marine waters to commercial pipi harvest except for specified open areas, fixing a minimum size limit for pipis taken under commercial fishery access licences and requiring that commercial fishers prior-report their intention to fish for pipis.

Fisheries (Recreational Abalone Open Days) Notice 2016 [MS Word Document - 44.5 KB]

The objective of this Notice is to specify open days during the 12 month period from 16 November 2016 when recreational fishing for abalone is permitted in central Victorian waters.

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