School shark 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 southern Australian stock of school shark in Victoria.

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

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

More information on the Australian government's stock rebuilding strategy for school shark can be found on the Australian Fisheries Management Authority website.  

Fishing methods

Southern Australian stock

Commercial


Demersal gill net

Yes

Demersal long lines

Yes

Mechanised hand lines

Yes

Drop line

Yes

Recreational and Indigenous


Rod and reel

Yes

Fishing rules

 

Commercial


Main licence classes accessing the stock

Ocean Fishery Access Licence

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

Yes

Minimum size

45 cm

Gear restrictions

Licence-specific gear restrictions e.g. net length and mesh size, line and hook numbers

Total Allowable Catch

40 tonne (combined with gummy shark)

Catch limit

Combined total of 2 gummy shark and school shark per day

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks 
Marine Sanctuaries

Recreational fishing 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)

Combined total of 2 gummy shark and school shark per day

Minimum size

45 cm
Retained whole or as carcass

Gear restrictions

Four lines per person and 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