Black bream 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 black bream in Victoria.

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

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

Fishing methods

Victorian stock

Commercial


Haul seine

Yes

Mesh net

Yes

Recreational and Indigenous


Rod and reel

Yes

Hand lines

Yes

Spear fishing

Yes

Fishing rules

 

Commercial


Main licence classes accessing

the stock

Gippsland Lakes
Western Port and Port Phillip Bay (minor amount of catch taken from Western Port)

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

Yes

Minimum size

28 cm

Gear restrictions

Limits on size and number of nets depending on licence class

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)

No 

Vessel Monitoring System

Not required

Product movement requirements
(e.g. sales receipts)

Not required

Catch and effort reporting

Monthly; catch is logged daily

Fishing notifications

Not required

Recreational & indigenous


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

10 per day

Minimum size

28 cm
Retained whole or as carcass

Gear restrictions

Four lines per person in marine waters, two lines per person in inland waters. No more than two hooks per line
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

Current research

Black bream in the Gippsland Lakes