Size limits allow fish to reach maturity to complete their breeding cycle. Measure all your fish and return undersize or excess fish alive to the water.
Bag limits assist in sharing the resource and contribute to the sustainable management of the State’s fish stocks.
A daily bag limit is the maximum number of fish that you may take or bring onto land in any 24-hour period, from midnight to midnight (except from midday to midday for marron, prawns and when recreational netting).
For rules about fish kept and stored beyond 24 hours, see 'Possession limit' for details.
Individual species daily bag limit
This is the maximum number of an individual species that you may take within your total mixed species daily bag limit.
For demersal finfish, large pelagic finfish and nearshore/esturarine finfish, an individual daily bag limit for a group of species applies to each of the individual species in that group.
For example, emperors (except blue-lined emperor) have an individual daily bag limit of three in all bioregions except the West Coast. They are also within a mixed species daily bag limit of five (across all demersal finfish for these bioregions).
- 5 fish = 3 red-throat emperor (species has an individual species bag limit of 3) and 2 spangled emperor
- 5 fish = 3 spangled emperor (species has an individual species bag limit of 3) and 2 red-throat emperor.
Mixed species daily bag limit
This is the combined maximum number of fish of any species within one category (such as demersal, large pelagic, nearshore/estuarine) that you may take.
For example, demersal finfish in the West Coast Bioregion has a total mixed bag limit of two fish:
Within the mixed daily bag limit, you cannot exceed the stated individual species daily bag limit. For example, you may only take a maximum of one coral trout per day.
For freshwater finfish, baitfish, crustceans, molluscs and other invertebrates - where species are displayed together as a group, rock lobsters for example - the bag limit applies to the group as a whole.