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Legal Fish Sizes and Bag Limits - New South Wales
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  • 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.

Finfish Bag and Size limits

Species

Size limits or Legal Length (cm)

Bag limit

Australian bass and estuary perch

Australian bass

Only 1 fish longer than 35cm

4 in total
(max.2 per day)

Australian salmon

Australian salmon

 -

5

Bream (black/southern, Yellowfin)

Bream

25

20 in total

Eels, (short & longfinned)

*

Eel

30

20 in total

Flathead, dusky/common

Dusky flathead

36
(only 1 fish longer than 70cm)

10

Flathead (sand, tiger)

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)

Harpuka

  -

5 in total
(max. of 2 gemfish)+

Groper (blue,red/brown)

Groper

  -

2 in total
(by line only)

Hairtail

Hairtail

  -

10

Kingfish

60

5

Luderick

Luderick

25

20

Mackerel (Spanish, spotted)

Mackerel

  -

5 in total

Mangrove Jack

Mangrove jack

  -

5

Marlin (striped, black, blue)

Marlin

 -

2 of each species

Morwong (jackass, rubberlip)

Jackass morwong

28

20

Morwong: red (red/sea carp)

Morwong

25

5

Morwong, banded

  -

5

Moses perch

  -

5

Mullet: sea

Mullet

30

20

Mullet, poddy (for live bait)

Less than 15cm

20

Mulloway (or jewfish)

Mulloway

45
(only 2 fish longer than 70cm)

5

 

Pearl perch

Pearl perch

  -

5

Blackfish, rock

Eastern rock blackfish

30

10

Sailfish

Sailfish

  -

2

Sharks and rays

91
(School shark only)

5 in total
(max. of 2 Wobbegong)

Snapper

Snapper

30

10

Spearfish

Shortbill spearfish
  -

2

Surgeon, sawtail

Sawtail

  -

5

Swordfish

Swordfish

-

2

Tailor

Tailor

30

20

Tarwhine

Tarwhine

20

20

Teraglin

Teraglin

38

5

Trevally

* Giant Trevally
  -

20 in total

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

 Yellowfin tuna

90 or above

2 in total

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

Big eye tuna

Less than 90

5 in total

Wahoo

Wahoo

  -

5

Whiting sand

Sand whiting

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

Abalone

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

11.5

2

Balmain Bug

10
20

Beach worms

Beach worm

  -

20

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

 

  -

50 in total

Crab, blue swimmer

Blue swimmer crab

6

20

Crab: mud black/mangrove

Mud crab

8.5

5

Crab, spanner Crap (spanner)

9.3

10

Crab (all other, except soldier)

  -

10 in total

Cunjevoi

Cunjevoi

  -

20

Lobster: eastern rock

Lobster

Min 10.4 - Max 18

2 in total

Lobster: southern male
 (male)

11

Lobster: southern female(female)

10.5

Lobster (painted, ornate)

  -

2 in total

Lobster (slipper, flat)

  -

2 in total

Oysters

Oysters

  -

50 in total

Prawns

 

Prawn

 -

10 litres

Scallops

King scallop

  -

50

Sea urchins

Sea urchin

  -

10

Turban snails (Sydney, military)

Turban shell

7.5

20

PROTECTED SPECIES

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

How to measure fish in N.S.W


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