Bag and Possession LimitsDefinitions
Possession Limits Table - Scalefish
Bag and Possession Limits Table - Other Fish Species
The purpose of bag and possession limits is to leave enough mature fish so that species can continue to breed. Bag limits help share fishing resources among many users and make sure that the catch is not wasted. Remember to only take what you need for a feed. All undersized fish should be carefully returned to the water and given the best possible chance to survive. It is an offence to possess undersize fish even if they are dead.
You may clean fish at sea, however, it is better to take your catch home and dispose of fish with your household rubbish. For fish that have been filleted, two fillets are deemed to be the equivalent of one fish. A fillet is defined as a longitudinal section of flesh removed from a fish, not including the head or gut. Special rules apply for striped trumpeter (must be landed whole with head and tail attached or as fillets with the frames) and shark.
Bait species such as anchovy, pilchard, sprat, blue sprat and hardyhead have a combined possession limit of 5kg per person.
The dorsal and pectoral fins must remain attached to all shark until they are landed. Refer to the shark finning diagram.
Below is a summary of the possession limits. Please note that if there is not a specified possession limit (shown below) a possession limit of 15 fish of any one species applies. For more information on individual species see the Fish Facts pages of this site.
Fish Species Information pages of this site.
See the following pages for more information on recreational fishing rules and regulations:
Bag and Possession Limits
Fish illustrations by Peter Gouldthorpe
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