Marine and Estuarine Scale Fish

Vic Fishing Rec Guide 2015

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Commercial quantity limits for priority species

Abalone, Murray cod, Southern bluefin tuna and rock lobster have been regulated as priority species. There is an 'absolute' state-wide possession limit, regardless of if you are at home or in, on or next to Victorian waters. Serious penalties apply for offences committed in relation to possessing commercial quantities of these species.

The commercial quantity limit for southern bluefin tuna is 3 fish or more in carcass form or 160 kg or more in any other form. A person in possession of any more than 2 southern bluefin tuna can be charged with possession of a commercial quantity of a priority species (Section 111C(1) Fisheries Act) which attracts serious penalties.

The commercial quantity limit for Murray cod  is 6 in carcass form or 30 kg or more in any other form.

Measuring your catch

Scale fish: The legal size of fish must be checked at the first available opportunity. Undersize fish must be released immediately. Measure fish from tip of snout with mouth closed, to the end of the tail.

Bream 

See carcass definition.

For each species of fish not listed a bag/possession limit of 5 applies.

A-E
Albacore

Albacore and skipjack tuna
Scientific name: Thunnus alalunga and Katsuwonus pelamis

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Pilchard

Anchovy, sardine (pilchard) and sprat
Scientific name: Clupeidae / Engraulidae

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Tommy Rough

Australian herring (Tommy rough)
Scientific name: Arripis georgianus

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Australian Salmon

Australian salmon
Scientific name: Arripis spp.

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Barracouta

Barracouta
Scientific name: Thyrsites atun

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Black cod 

Black cod
Scientific name: Epinephelus daemelii

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Barracouta

Blue Groper
Scientific name: Achoerodus viridis and Achoerodus gouldii

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Boarfish 

Boarfish (all species)
Scientific name: Pentacerotidae

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Bream

Bream (all species)
Scientific name: Acanthopagrus spp.

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Estuary perch 

Estuary perch
Scientific name: Macquaria colonorum

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F-L
Flathead

Flathead (all species except dusky flathead)
Scientific name: Platycephalidae

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Dusky Flathead

Dusky flathead
Scientific name: Platycephalus fuscus

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Greenball Flounder

Flounder (all species)

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Southern Sea Garfish

Garfish (all species)
Scientific name: Hemiramphidae

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Gemfish 

Gemfish

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Gurnard

Gurnard (all species)
Scientific name: Triglidae

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King George Whiting

King George whiting
Scientific name: Sillaginodes punctata

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Leatherjacket

Leatherjacket (all species)
Scientific name: Monacanthidae

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Rock Ling

Ling (all species)
Scientific name: Genypterus spp.

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Longfin pike 

Short Fin Pike

Longfin pike and snook
Scientific name: Dinolestes lewini and Sphyraena novaehollandiae

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Luderick

Luderick
Scientific name: Girella tricuspidata

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M-S
Slimy Mackerel

Mackerel
Scientific name: Trachurus declivisand Scomber australasicus

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Marlin Striped

Marlin (all species)
Scientific name: Istiophoridae

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Butterfish

Morwong (all species)
Scientific name: Cheilodactylidae

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Yellow Eye Mullet

Mullet (all species)
Scientific name: Mugilidae

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Mulloway

Mulloway
Scientific name: Argyrosomus japonicus

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Victorian Seahorse

Seahorses, seadragons and pipefish
Scientific name: Syngnathidae

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Silver Trevally

Silver trevally
Scientific names: Pseudocaranx spp.

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Snapper

Snapper
Scientific name: Pagrus auratus

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Rock Cod

Southern rock cod
(rock cod all species)
Scientific name: Lotella & Pseudophycis spp.

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Sea Sweep

Sweep (all species)
Scientific name: Scorpidadae

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Swordfish

Swordfish
Scientific name: Xiphias gladius

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T-Z
Tailor

Tailor (skipjack)
Scientific name: Pomatomus saltatrix

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Toadie Puffer

Toadfish and puffer

Scientific name: Family Tetraodontidae

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Tuna (yellowfin)Tuna (big eye)Tuna

Tuna (southern bluefin, yellowfin and big eye) Scientific name: Thunnus spp.

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Warehou

Warehou (haddock)
Scientific name: Seriolella spp.

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Grass Whiting

Whiting (other than King George)
Scientific name: Sillaginidae/Odacidae

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Bluethroat Wrasse Male

Bluethroat Wrasse Female

Wrasse (parrot fish)
(all species except blue groper)
Scientific name: Labridae

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Yellowtail Kingfish 

Yellowtail kingfish
Scientific name: Seriola lalandi

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Yellow Tail 

Yellowtail scad
Scientific name: Trachurus novaezelandiae

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