Commercial fishing is an important primary industry in Victoria, one that provides both jobs to our locals and fresh seafood to the public.
The Fisheries Act 1995 aims to utilise fisheries resources according to ecologically sustainable development principles, which means meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of the future.
Victoria’s commercial fishing industry operates mostly in marine waters and in some bays, inlets and estuaries. In general, we manage waters out to three nautical miles from shore, and by agreement with the Commonwealth Government, some fisheries beyond this limit.
Commercial Fishing Cost Recovery Review
Find out how commercial fishing and aquaculture fees help keep our fishing industry sustainable.
Access to commercial fisheries
Read the interim policy for the development of new wild catch fisheries.
Victorian Inland Commercial Fishing Policy
Read up on policy regarding any future applications for commercial fishing in inland waters.
Commercial fish production
Find out annual statistics on catch and effort for Victoria's commercial fisheries.