Blacklip abalone 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 blacklip abalone in Victoria.

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

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

More information on the commercial abalone fishery in Victoria, including catch statistics, fishing methods and total allowable commercial catch can be seen at: Commercial abalone fishery.

Fishing methods

Western

Central

Eastern

Commercial




Hand collection (diving)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Recreational and Indigenous




Hand collection (diving)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fishing rules

 

 

 

Commercial




Licence classes accessing the stock

Abalone Fishery (Western Zone) Access Licence

Abalone Fishery (Central Zone) Access Licence

Abalone Fishery (Eastern Zone) Access Licence

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

Minimum size

View size limits in the Fisheries Regulations 2009

View size limits in the Fisheries Notice for the Central Abalone Zone

View size limits in the Fisheries Notice for the Eastern Abalone Zone

Gear restrictions

Abalone tool only

Abalone tool only

Abalone tool only

Total Allowable Catch

Yes

Yes

Yes

Number of quota units

280

680

460

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks Marine Sanctuaries

Marine National Parks
Marine Sanctuaries

Marine National Parks
Marine Sanctuaries

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

Fishing only allowed between sunrise and sunset

Fishing only allowed between sunrise and sunset

Fishing only allowed between sunrise and sunset

Vessel Monitoring System

Not required

Not required

Not required

Product movement requirements
(e.g. sales receipts)

- Sale to licensed abalone receivers only
- Abalone dockets
- Sealed bins

- Sale to licensed abalone receivers only
- Abalone dockets
- Sealed bins

- Sale to licensed abalone receivers only
- Abalone dockets
- Sealed bins

Catch and effort reporting

Within 60 minutes of landing

Within 60 minutes of landing

Within 60 minutes of landing

Fishing notifications

Post-landing
Restricted landing locations

Post-landing
Restricted landing locations

Post-landing
Restricted landing locations

Management zones

One zone from South Australian border to mouth of Hopkins River

One zone from mouth of Hopkins River to Lakes Entrance

One zone from Lakes Entrance to New South Wales border

Recreational and Indigenous




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

5 per day

5 per day

5 per day

Minimum size

- Hopkins River to SA border = 13cm
- Hopkins River to Aire River = 12cm

- Aire River to Lorne = 12cm
- Lorne to Arch Rock = 11cm
- Port Phillip Bay = 10cm

- Arch Rock to Lakes Entrance = 11cm
- Lakes Entrance to NSW border = 12cm
- Mallacoota airport area = 11cm

Gear restrictions

Abalone tool only

Abalone tool only

Abalone tool only

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks
Marine sanctuaries
Intertidal zone - waters less than two metres depth

Marine National Parks Marine sanctuaries
Intertidal zone - waters less than two metres depth

Marine National Parks
Marine sanctuaries
Intertidal zone - waters less than two metres depth

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

Fishing only allowed between sunrise and sunset

- Open on nominated days per year (Aire River to Arch Rock)
Fishing only allowed between sunrise and sunset

Fishing only allowed between sunrise and sunset

Management framework

 

 

 

Management plan

Victorian Wild Harvest Abalone Fishery Management Plan

Victorian Wild Harvest Abalone Fishery Management Plan

Victorian Wild Harvest Abalone Fishery Management Plan