Abalone Rules and dates for Victoria
Dates you can fish for Abalone
|19-20 November 2011||21-22 January 2012||17-18 March 2012|
|26-27 November 2011||26-29 January 2012||24-25 March 2012|
|3-4 December 2011||4-5 February 2012||31 March 2012 to 1 April 2012|
|10-11 December 2011||11-12 February 2012||6-9 April 2012|
|17-18 December 2011||18-19 February 2012||14-15 April 2012|
|24 December 2011 to 2 January 2012||25-26 February 2012||21-22 April 2012|
|7-8 January 2012||3-4 March 2012||25 April 2012|
|14-15 January 2012||10-12 March 2012||28-29 April 2012|
There are only 60 days for collecting abalone in cental Victoria
Victorian Laws on catching Abalone
Abalone: Abalone must be measured prior to removal from its original location. Abalone must be measured at the widest part of the shell, regardless of whether the shell is whole or damaged.
There is a permanent ban on the taking of all abalone species from Central Victorian waters except on nominated days each year (see below).
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.
There has been an increase to the minimum legal length for blacklip abalone from 12cm to 13cm in waters west of the mouth of the Hopkins River to the South Australian border.
You must hold a valid fishing license avalible from the Department of Primary Industries CLICK HERE.
Ways you can collect Abalone
- You must carry a measuring device.
- You must use a blunt instrument when taking abalone.
- You must not use knives, screwdrivers or any sharp instrument that could cut the abalone.
- You can take abalone only between sunrise and sunset.
- You must not fish for abalone in the intertidal zone (waters less than 2m deep).
- You must not shuck abalone, or be in possession of shucked abalone, or land shucked abalone, in, under or on Victorian waters (you may only shuck abalone upon the place of consumption).
All Victorian waters – 5 (of which no more than 2 can be greenlip abalone)
Possession limit (in, on or next to Victorian waters):
5 (of which no more than 2 can be greenlip abalone).
Possession limit (anywhere else in Victoria):
10 (of which no more than 4 can be greenlip abalone).
Minimum legal size: see map below
Central Victorian waters – permanent closure except on nominated days each year (see map below).
Port Phillip Bay – permanent ban on the take of greenlip abalone.