Australian sardine fishing methods and rules

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

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

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

Fishing methods

Southern and eastern stocks

Commercial


Purse seine

Yes

Recreational and Indigenous



Not fished

Fishing rules


Commercial


Main licence classes accessing the stock

Western Port and Port Phillip Bay (no harvest from Western Port)

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

Yes

Minimum size

No minimum

Gear restrictions

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

Total Allowable Catch

No

Catch limit

No

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks
Marine Sanctuaries
Recreational fishing reef zones

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

None 

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

Not fished

Management framework

 

Management plan

None