Shellfish and Shell Collecting
Shellfish Bag Limits
The following daily bag limits apply for shellfish:
|Species||Daily Bag Limit|
|Clams, cockles and pipis (species combined)
|Wedge shells (type of small pipi)||200|
|Periwinkles (Turbo undulatus only)
|Pacific oysters|| no limit|
|Native oysters|| 50|
|Other shellfish (species combined) except
There are some exemptions in place for Aboriginal people participating in Aboriginal fishing activities.
Recreational fishers can only use their hands to collect clams, cockles, pipis and wedge shells. Equipment such as rakes or spades are prohibited.
See the relevant sections for details about
The taking of limpets and elephant snails is prohibited as they are
Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995
There is no restriction on shell collecting from beaches provided that the shell does not contain the living organism, that is, it is not a live shellfish when taken. There are limits on the collection of live shellfish. Shells cannot be collected from reserved land - contact the
Parks and Wildlife Service
for more information.
Safety of Shellfish for Eating
For advice about the safety of shellfish for eating, see the
Safety of Seafood for Eating page.
Illustrations by Peter Gouldthorpe