Marine and Estuarine Scale Fish
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.
See carcass definition.
For each species of fish not listed a bag/possession limit of 5 applies.
Albacore and skipjack tuna
Anchovy, sardine (pilchard) and sprat
Australian herring (Tommy rough)
Boarfish (all species)
Bream (all species)
Flathead (all species except dusky flathead)
Garfish (all species)
Gurnard (all species)
King George whiting
Leatherjacket (all species)
Ling (all species)
Longfin pike and snook
Marlin (all species)
Morwong (all species)
Mullet (all species)
Seahorses, seadragons and pipefish
Southern rock cod
Sweep (all species)
Scientific name: Family TetraodontidaeToadfish and puffer catch limits
Tuna (southern bluefin, yellowfin and big eye) Scientific name: Thunnus spp.
Wrasse (parrot fish)