Australian salmon fishing methods and rules

This table provides a general overview of the major fishing methods, rules and management arrangements that apply to Australian salmon in Victoria.

For further detail, please refer to the Fisheries Regulations 2009.

More information on recreational fishing methods and rules for Australian salmon can also be found at: Recreational fishing in Victoria.

Fishing methods

Eastern and western stocks

Commercial


Purse seine

Yes

Gill net

Yes

Beach Seine

Yes

Ring net

Yes

Recreational and Indigenous


Rod and line

Yes

Fishing rules

  

Commercial


Main licence classes

accessing the stock

Corner Inlet

Gippsland Lakes

Ocean Fishery

Ocean Purse Seine

Western Port/Port Phillip Bay

Port Phillip Bay Purse Seine

Limited entry 
(i.e. maximum number of licences)

Yes

Minimum size

21 cm

Gear restrictions

Licence-specific gear restrictions e.g. net length and mesh size

Total Allowable Catch

No

Catch limit

No

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks
Marine Sanctuaries
Recreational fishing reef zones

Use of commercial gear prohibited in certain areas of the Gippsland Lakes

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

Commercial fishing prohibited in the Corner Inlet between midnight on Friday and 5:00 PM on the following Sunday

Vessel Monitoring System

Not required

Product movement requirements
(e.g. sales receipts)

Not required

Catch and effort reporting

Monthly; catch logged daily

Fishing notifications

Not required

Recreational and Indigenous


Bag and possession limits
(in, on or next to Victorian waters)

20 per day (of Australian salmon or a combination of Australian salmon and Australian herring)

Minimum size

21 cm (no minimum size limit for Australian herring)

Gear restrictions

Four lines per person and no more than two hooks per line

Dip nets (1) and bait (hauling) nets in specific waters
Set lines, mesh nets and cast nets prohibited

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks
Marine Sanctuaries

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

No

Management framework

 

Management plan

None