Common nameCockles, vongole, sand cockle, mud cockle, mud ark
Scientific nameKatelysia spp; Anadara spp.
Minimum legal sizeno minimum
Bag limit

Outside of restricted areas (listed in additional information below), cockles have a combined total limit of:

  • 5 litres of cockles from one or more species, or
  • 1 litre of split or shucked cockles from one or more species.
Additional information

You can't collect mussels in waters less than 2m deep (the intertidal zone) in Port Phillip Bay. Click here for more information on Port Phillip Bay's intertidal zone.

You can't collect mussels in Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries. Click here for more information on Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries.

Note: Digging implements cannot be used to collect cockles in the intertidal zone.

  • The bag limit is the maximum number of cockles you can take and possess in, on or next to any Victorian waters on any one day. (i.e you cannot take 5 litres of cockles, take them back to the car, and come back and collect another 5 litres on the same day)
  • You can only possess (have with you) 5 litres of cockles. (i.e. you cannot possess your catch and someone’s else catch)
  • Collecting for other people contributes to your bag limit. (i.e. you cannot collect 5 litres of cockles, give 1 litre to someone else and then collect another litre for yourself)