Net Fishing

Recreational Gillnetting at Musselroe Bay

Net Types

No licence is required to use: If you have the appropriate licence you can also use: Follow the links to the what gear can I use section for specifications of these net types.


  • Graball nets (including flounder nets) and mullet nets are types of gillnets (see diagram).
  • You must have a licence to use them and can only be licensed to use one graball and one mullet net.
  • Gillnets may not be set at night, other than graball nets set in Macquarie Harbour. Night is defined as between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.
  • Gillnets may be set for up to 6 hours, except in Shark Refuge Areas where they may only be set for up to 2 hours.
  • No more than three gillnets may be carried on, or used from a boat.
  • Gillnets must be weighted to prevent drift.
  • Must be marked according to recreational net marking specifications.
  • Information on how to measure net mesh.

More Information

Marking Gillnets
Net Weight Specifications and Net Mesh Measuring
Area Restrictions for Net Fishing
Responsible Gillnetting Practices
Reducing Wildlife Interactions When Gillnetting
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