Snapper 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 snapper in Victoria.

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

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

Fishing methods

Western stock

Eastern stock

Commercial



Haul seine

Yes

Yes

Mesh nets

Yes

Yes

Hand lines

Yes

Yes

Long lines

Yes

Yes

Drop lines

Yes

Yes

Trawl nets

Yes

Yes

Recreational and Indigenous



Rod and reel

Yes

Yes

Spear fishing

Yes

Yes

Fishing rules

 

 

Commercial



Main licence classes accessing the stock

Ocean Fishery
Trawl (Inshore) Fishery
Western Port/Port Phillip Bay

Ocean Fishery
Trawl (Inshore) Fishery

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

Yes

Yes

Minimum size

28 cm

28 cm

Gear restrictions

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

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

Total Allowable Catch

No

No

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks

Marine Sanctuaries

Marine National Parks

Marine Sanctuaries

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

None 

None 

Vessel Monitoring System

Not required

Not required

Product movement requirements
(e.g. sales receipts)

Not required

Not required

Catch and effort reporting

Monthly; catch logged daily

Monthly; catch logged daily

Fishing notifications

Not required

Not required

Recreational and Indigenous



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

10 per day (of which no more than 3 fish can exceed 40 cm in length)

10 per day (of which no more than 3 fish can exceed 40 cm in length)

Minimum size

28 cm
Retained whole or as carcass

28 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

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

Marine National Parks
Marine Sanctuaries

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

No

No

Management framework

 

 

Management plan

None

None

Current Research

Tracking snapper in Port Phillip Bay