Fishing definitions

Catch limit

A general term used to describe any limits on catching or possessing fish. Bag and possession limits are types of catch limits.

Responsible fishers catch/collect their own fish.

Bag limit

The maximum number of a particular type of fish that a person may take on any one calendar day while in, on or next to Victorian waters and possess in, on or next to Victorian waters.

Once you have taken your bag limit, you must not catch more of that precies for other people to keep, or 'high grade' your catch (i.e. return smaller fish caught earlier to the water and keep the bigger fish)

Example 1 - bag limit

Tiffany can have more than the bag limit at her caravan (which is 10 bream) because she is not in, or or next to the water. When Tiffany is fishing from her boat, or at the boat ramp, or fishing from the shore (i.e. in, or or next to Victorian waters), Tiffany must not possess more than 10 bream. So the previous day's catch must stay at the caravan park.

Example 2 - bag limit for fishing trips spanning midnight

Trevor is a surf fisher and he is fishing overnight. Trevor can only possess 2 gummy or school shark on the beach, even though he caught them before midnight

Example 3 - bag limit for fishing or collecting in groups

John is collecting crabs with his family. The bag/possession limit is 1 litre not exceeding 30 crabs. John collects half his bag limit (15 crabs) and then collects another 15 crabs for his mother, Heather. John cannot collect any more crabs on this day because he has taken his bag limit, even though he chose to give some to Heather. Heather collected 15 crabs on her own, and with the additional 15 crabs John gave her, Heather has reached her daily possession limit. Heather must not keep any more crabs

Possession limit

The maximum number of a particular type of fish that a person can possess at any one time anywhere in Victoria (including your home). Applies to Southern bluefin tuna, Murray cod, abalone,
yabbies, Murray spiny freshwater crayfish and rock lobster.

Carcass

Carcass (scale fish)

The body of a fish that is not cut or mutilated in any manner other than to remove the gut, gills or scales.

Carcass (sharks including elephant fish)

The body of a shark or elephant fish that is not cut or mutilated in any manner other than to remove the gut and head forward and clear of the rear-most gill slit.

Carcass (skates, rays and guitar fish)

The body of a skate, ray or guitarfish that is not cut or mutilated in any other manner than to remove the gut.

Carcass (spiny freshwater crayfish)

The body of a crayfish that is not cut in any way other than to remove one or more legs or claws, or is not mutilated in any way other than the absence of one or more legs or claws.

Scale fish

Species of fish with fins other than sharks, skates and rays.

Seasons

A ‘closed season’ for a particular species is a period during which you must not take, attempt to take or possess that species. Species for which there is a closed season may be fished only during their open season. Fish caught accidentally during the closed season must be released immediately with as little harm as possible.