Southern sand flathead fishing methods and rules

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

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

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

Fishing methods

Victorian stock

Commercial

 

Gill net

Yes

Haul seine

Yes

Trawl net

Yes

Longline

Yes

Hand line

Yes

Recreational and Indigenous

 

Rod and line

Yes

Diving

Yes

Fishing rules

 

Commercial

 

Main licence classes accessing the stock

Corner Inlet

Trawl (Inshore)

Western Port/ Port Phillip Bay (minor amount of catch taken from Western Port)

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

Yes

Minimum size

27 cm

Gear restrictions

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

Total Allowable Catch

No

Catch limit

No

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks
Marine Sanctuaries
Recreational fishing reef zones

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

Commercial fishing prohibited in the Corner Inlet between midnight on Friday and 5:00 PM on the following Sunday

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)

20 per day

Minimum size

27 cm

Gear restrictions

Four lines per person and no more than two hooks per line

Dip nets (1) and bait (hauling) nets in specific waters
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

Current research

Hirst, A, Rees, C, Kent, J, Hamer, P, Conron, S & Kemp, J, The decline of Sand Flathead stocks in Port Phillip Bay: magnitude, causes and future prospects, Recreational Fishing Grant Program research report, The Victorian Fisheries Authority, Queenscliff.