School prawn 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 school prawns in Victoria.

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

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

Fishing methods

Victorian stock

Commercial


Trawl nets

Yes

Dip nets

Yes

Recreational and Indigenous


Dip nets

Yes

Bait nets (hauling nets)

Yes

Fishing rules

 

Commercial


Main licence classes accessing the stock

Bait (General) Fishery Access Licence
Gippsland Lakes (Bait) Fishery Access Licence
Lake Tyers (Bait) Fishery Access Licence
Mallacoota Lower Lakes (Bait) Fishery Access Licence
Snowy River (Bait) Fishery Access Licence
Sydenham Inlet (Bait) Fishery Access Licence
Ocean Fishery Access Licence
Trawl (Inshore) Fishery Access Licence

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

Yes

Minimum size

No minimum

Gear restrictions

Licence-specific gear restrictions i.e. authorised gear

Total Allowable Catch

No

Catch limit

None

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks 
Marine Sanctuaries

Recreational reef zones

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 logged daily

Fishing notifications

Not required

Recreational and Indigenous


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

30 litres whole prawn 
(or 5 litres prawn meats)

Minimum size

No minimum

Gear restrictions

Dip nets and bait (hauling) nets only
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