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Legal Fish Sizes and Bag Limits - New South Wales

  • Octopus cannot be taken from ocean rock platforms in NSW or rock platforms in Sydney Harbour.

  • All lobsters and crabs carrying eggs must be returned immediately to the water. It is an offence to remove the eggs.

  • Intertidal invertebrates must not be shucked in or adjacent to any waters except for immediate use as bait.

  • Gathering invertebrates in Intertidal Protected Areas (IPA) is prohibited.

  • Commercially produced oysters are purified prior to sale. NSW Health recommends cooking oysters which have not been purified as they may contain harmful bacteria.

Why does Australia have Size & Bag Limits? - Click here to read a great scientific explanation by CRC Reef Research

 

Finfish Bag and Size limits in NSW

Species

Size limits or Legal Length (cm)

Bag limit

Australian bass and estuary perch

Only 1 fish longer than 35cm

4 in total
(max.2 per day)

Australian salmon

 -

5

Bream (black/southern, Yellowfin)

25

20 in total

Eels, (short & longfinned)

30

20 in total

Flathead, dusky/common

36
(only 1 fish longer than 70cm)

10

Flathead (sand, tiger)

33

20 in total

(combination of all species)

Flathead, all other

 -


Deep-sea fish (hapuka, bar cod, bass groper, gemfish+, blue-eye cod)

  -

5 in total
(max. of 2 gemfish)+

Groper (blue,red/brown)

  -

2 in total
(by line only)

Hairtail

  -

10

Kingfish

60

5

Luderick

25

20

Mackerel (Spanish, spotted)

  -

5 in total

Mangrove Jack

  -

5

Marlin (striped, black, blue)

 -

2 of each species

Morwong (jackass, rubberlip)

28

20

Morwong: red (red/sea carp)

25

5

Morwong, banded

  -

5

Moses perch

  -

5

Mullet: sea

30

20

Mullet, poddy (for live bait)

Less than 15cm

20

Mulloway (or jewfish)

45
(only 2 fish longer than 70cm)

5

 

Pearl perch

  -

5

Blackfish, rock

30

10

Sailfish

  -

2

Sharks and rays

91
(School shark only)

5 in total
(max. of 2 Wobbegong)

Snapper

30

10

Spearfish

 
  -

2

Surgeon, sawtail

  -

5

Swordfish

-

2

Tailor

30

20

Tarwhine

20

20

Teraglin

38

5

Trevally

  -

20 in total

Tuna (albacore, big-eye, longtail, southern bluefin, yellowfin)

90 or above

2 in total

Tuna (albacore, big-eye, longtail, southern bluefin, yellowfin)

Less than 90

5 in total

Wahoo

  -

5

Whiting sand

27
(sand only)

20 in total

+ Boat trip limit of 10 applies

Invertebrates Bag and Size limits

Species

Size limits or Legal Length (cm)

Bag limit

Abalone

Please note: It is currently prohibited to take abalone between Port Stephens and Wreck Bay Beach, Jervis Bay.

11.5

2

Balmain Bug

 

10
20

Beach worms

  -

20

cockles, mussels (pipis for bait only - do not take beyond 50m of high-tide mark)

 

  -

50 in total

Crab, blue swimmer

6

20

Crab: mud black/mangrove

8.5

5

Crab, spanner

9.3

10

Crab (all other, except soldier)

  -

10 in total

Cunjevoi

  -

20

Lobster: eastern rock

Min 10.4 - Max 18

2 in total

Lobster: southern rock  (male)

11

Lobster: southern rock(female)

10.5

Lobster (painted, ornate)

  -

2 in total

Lobster (slipper, flat)

  -

2 in total

Oysters

  -

50 in total

Prawns

 -

10 litres

Scallops

  -

50

Sea urchins

  -

10

Turban snails (Sydney, military)

7.5

20

SPECIES THAT ARE PROTECTED BY LAW

Bag limits of zero (0) - if caught please return these species carefully to the water.

Elegant wrasse
Ballina angelfish
Estuary cod
Black cod
Giant Queensland groper
Weedy (common) seadragon
Eastern blue devil fish
Herbsts nurse shark
Grey nurse shark
Great white shark
Green sawfish

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