You can help ensure all Victorians have fish for the future by sticking to fishing regulations and reporting those who break the rules. 13FISH (ph. 13 3474) is a state-wide 24/7 fisheries offence reporting line. Reports from the community have led to a large number of convictions.
Our uniformed and plain-clothes Fisheries Officers constantly perform spot checks all over Victoria, resulting in fines of up to $120,000 and/or penalties of up to 10 years in jail and confiscation of equipment.
Persons found allegedly offending against the Fisheries Act are obliged by law to provide their correct name and address. Failure to do so may result in arrest. Minor offences are usually handled by an infringement notice. More serious offences are processed through the court system.
Victorian fisheries legislation is available through Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary documents.
13FISH intelligence reporting line
The community can help tackle illegal fishing by ringing a dedicated phone number with details.
Learn more about what they do to protect our inland and marine fisheries in Victoria.
Effective compliance involves education about why regulation of our fisheries is important.