Abalone (all species)

Vic Fishing Rec Guide 2015

Blacklip Abalone
Blacklip Abalone
Greenlip Abalone
Greenlip Abalone
Common name: Abalone (all species)
Minimum legal size: see map below.
Bag/Possession Limit - Port Phillip Bay (in,on or next to the water):

5 (0 greenlip abalone)

Bag/Possession limit - all other Victorian waters
(in, on or next to the water):

5 (of which no more than 2 can be greenlip abalone).

Absolute State-wide possession limit:

10 (of which no more than 4 can be greenlip abalone).


Permanent ban on collection of abalone from the intertidal zone in all Victorian waters - less than 2 metres deep (see Intertidal Restrictions).

Port Phillip Bay – permanent ban on the take of greenlip abalone.

Central Victorian waters – permanent closure except on nominated days each year (see map below).

Collection methods for abalone: You must carry a measuring device.

You must use a blunt instrument when taking abalone.

You must not use knives, screwdrivers or any sharp instrument that could cut the abalone.

You must not shuck abalone, or be in possession of shucked abalone, or land shucked abalone, in, under or on Victorian waters (you may only shuck abalone upon the place of consumption).

You can take abalone only between sunrise and sunset.

Measuring your catch

Abalone collection methods

Abalone must be measured prior to removal from its original location. Abalone must be measured at the widest part of the shell, regardless of whether the shell is whole or damaged.

Measuring devices and pocket guides of abalone regulations are available free of charge from the Customer Service Centre, call 136 186.

Abalone regulations

Central Victorian waters

There is a permanent ban on the taking of all abalone species from Central Victorian waters except on nominated days each year (see below).

Central Victorian waters are defined as marine waters east of the mouth of Aire River to Arch Rock (near Cape Liptrap) including Port Phillip Bay. The southern boundary is a line running three nautical miles from the coast which is the seaward limit of state waters.

There has been an increase to the minimum legal length for blacklip abalone from 12 cm to 13 cm in waters west of the mouth of the Hopkins River to the South Australian border.

Map of Central Victorian waters

Central Victorian waters map

Recreational abalone open days for Central Victorian waters

There is a permanent closed season on the take of abalone from Central Victorian waters, except for nominated open days of the year. The season has been simplified to provide a consistent model to assist recreational fishers understanding.

Nominated days for recreational take of abalone

  • Every Saturday, and Sunday, between 16 November and 30 April the following year, inclusive;
  • Every Declared Public Holiday in the State of Victoria between 16 November and 30 April the following year;
  • 25 December  through to the second Sunday in January the following year, inclusive.