Scallop fishing methods and rules

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

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

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

More information can be found on our Commercial scallop fishery and The Scallop Dive (Port Phillip Bay) Fishery webpages.

Fishing methods

Ocean stock

Port Phillip Bay stock

Commercial



Dredge

Yes

No

Hand collection (diving)

No

Yes

Recreational and Indigenous



Hand collection (diving)

n/a

Yes

Fishing rules

 

 

Commercial



Licence classes accessing the stock

Scallop (Ocean) Fishery Access Licence

Scallop Dive (Port Phillip Bay) Fishery Access Licence

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

Yes

Yes

Minimum size

80 millimetres

90 millimetres

Gear restrictions

Dredge specifications

Hand collection only

Total Allowable Catch

Yes

Yes

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks

Marine Sanctuaries

Marine National Parks

Marine Sanctuaries
Recreational only zones

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

No

No

Vessel Monitoring System

Yes

Yes

Product movement requirements
(e.g. sales receipts)

Catch disposal records
Sale to receivers only

Catch disposal records
Sales receipts

Catch and effort reporting

Daily

Within 20 minutes of landing

Fishing notifications

Pre-fishing
Pre-landing
Post-landing
Restricted landing locations

Pre-fishing
Pre-landing
Post-landing
Restricted landing locations

Management zones

Entire length of Victorian coastline out to 20 nautical miles from the shoreline 

6 zones within Port Phillip Bay

Recreational and Indigenous



Bag and possession limits

n/a

100 per day

Minimum size

n/a

No minimum

Gear restrictions

n/a

Hand collection only

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

n/a

Marine National Parks

Marine Sanctuaries

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

n/a

No

Management framework

 

 

Management plan

None

Commercial Scallop Dive Fishery in Port Phillip Bay