Abalone (all species)
On May 4, 2021, a Control Area was declared after detection of Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis (AVG) in wild abalone. AVG has no known effects on human health.
The Control Area spans along the coastline from Bridgewater Bay in the west to past Narrawong in the east and is varied offshore to 30 m ocean depth. This includes Portland.
The control order for the control area prohibits several activities, including the:
- taking of abalone and other shellfish;
- recreational hoop nets, bait traps, hauling nets;
- recreational diving for abalone;
- taking of rock lobster, all shellfish, sea urchins and any of the substrate or sea floor; and
- movement of any abalone or shellfish out of the control area unless the movement is in accordance with a permit issued by an inspector.
Boats, vessels and fishing equipment cannot be anchored in the Control Area. However, a vessel can move through the area provided it does not stop. All line fishing is prohibited from shore or boat within the control area.
More information is available at Agriculture Victoria's website.
|Common name||Abalone (all species)|
|Minimum legal size||The minimum legal size for abalone depends on where they're taken from. Please see the map below of the Central Victorian waters.|
Port Phillip Bay: 5 blacklip abalone, 0 greenlip abalone
All other Victorian waters: 5 abalone of which no more than 2 can be greenlip abalone
There is a statewide possession limit for abalone of 10, of which no more than 4 can be greenlip abalone. This is the maximum number of abalone that a person can possess at any one time anywhere in Victoria (including your home)
You can't collect abalone from the Central Victorian waters except on the nominated days (see below).
Abalone are incredibly delicate, and are haemophiliacs. This means that if cut, or even bruised, their blood is unable to clot and they will die. to collect abalone responsibly, please use an abalone tool. Free abalone tools are available by calling 136 186.
Central Victorian waters
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.
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 these nominated open days each year:
- Every Saturday and Sunday between 16 November and 30 April the following year inclusive.
- Every declared public holiday in Victoria between 16 November and 30 April the following year.
- 25 December through to the second Sunday in January the following year inclusive.
- You must carry a measuring device.
- You must use a blunt instrument when taking abalone.
- You must not use knives, screwdrivers or sharp items 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, including for use as bait or berley.
- You may only shuck abalone upon the place of consumption.
- You can take abalone only between sunrise and sunset.
Free abalone tools are available by calling 136 186.
Staying safe when diving
Diving for abalone is relatively safe, but there is a risk of drowning. To stay safe, you must:
- Dive when sea conditions are good
- Always dive and stay with a friend so there is someone there to help if you get into trouble
- If conditions are not right, find a better spot or dive on another day
Measuring your catch
Abalone must be measured at the widest part of the shell whether it is whole or damaged, immediately upon removal and returned to the location of take if found to be undersized.
Free measuring devices are available by calling 136 186.