Have your say on a proposed size limit for game shark

Shark fishing is popular from boats, the shore and piers across Victoria.

Following consideration of a proposal from recreational fishing group VRFish, the Victorian Fisheries Authority is proposing to introduce a minimum size limit of 120cm for mako shark species.

The size limit would apply to all species of mako shark.

Mako shark current fit within the overarching shark category which is subject to a bag possession limit of 1 per species and no size limit at present.

The proposed 120cm minimum size limit would be measured from the rear most gill slit to the base of the tail fin on any side of the body.

Recreational fishers are continuing to demonstrate stewardship over Victorian fisheries and support actions that help ensure fish for the future.

The proposed minimum size limit will increase protection to juvenile sharks and ensure that game shark fishing in Victorian waters continues to provide an exciting experience.

Public consultation on the proposed minimum size limit closes on 8 June 2018.

Please direct your submission to Monique Leane, Fishery Manager, PO Box 4509, Melbourne VIC 3001 or to monique.leane@vfa.vic.gov.au.

Any written submissions received in relation to the consultation being conducted by the VFA will be published on the Authority's website. In making a submission, unless the person making the submission indicates to the contrary, they will be consenting to their submission, including their name only, being published on the Authority's website for 90 days from the conclusion of the consultative process.

More information on the consultation process and a copy of the draft Fisheries Notice containing further details on the proposed change can be found on the VFA's Public Consultation page.