Illegal marine fishing equipment
You must not use or possess illegal equipment in, on or next to Victorian waters, including private waters. Explosives, firearms and bows and arrows cannot be used to take, attempt to take, injure or destroy fish.
You may not tow, drag or haul any net behind a motor boat under propulsion in any Victorian waters.
The following equipment is illegal to use in Victoria:
- Set lines
- Mesh nets, cast nets
- Mussel rakes
- Barbed flying gaffs or harpoons
- Crab pots
- Bow and arrows
- Open top lift nets (illegal in marine waters only)
- Opera house nets - At present, opera house nets are only illegal in public waters. As of 1 July 2019, they will be illegal in private waters. Click here for more information on these changes.
- Any equipment that does not conform to the size and shape of the legal equipment detailed here