Sea urchin 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 sea urchins in Victoria.

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

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

Fishing methods

Victorian stock (white and black sea urchin)

Commercial


Hand collection

Yes

Recreational and Indigenous


Hand collection

Yes

Fishing rules

 

Commercial


Main licence classes accessing the stock

Sea Urchin Fisheries Access Licence

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

No

Minimum size

No minimum

Gear restrictions

Hand collection only

Total Allowable Catch

Yes

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks
Marine Sanctuaries

Recreational reef zones

Must not be taken from the Intertidal Zone of Port Phillip Bay

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

No

Vessel Monitoring System

Not required

Product movement requirements
(e.g. sales receipts)

Yes

Catch and effort reporting

Daily

Fishing notifications

Pre-fishing
Pre-landing
Post-landing

Recreational and Indigenous


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

20 per day

(Roe or other soft tissues must not be removed from sea urchins in, on or next to Victorian waters).

Minimum size

No minimum

Gear restrictions

No

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks
Marine Sanctuaries

Must not be taken from the Intertidal Zone of Port Phillip Bay

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

No

Management framework

 

Management plan

Commercial Sea Urchin Fishery