Andrews Govt Releases Blueprint Boosting Freshwater Fishing Across Victoria

Andrews Govt Releases Blueprint Boosting Freshwater Fishing Across Victoria

Acting Victoria Minister for Agriculture Ben Carroll

Exciting New Freshwater Fisheries Plan

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government has released its blueprint for boosting freshwater fishing across Victoria with record fish stockings, partnerships for better fish habitat and an actively engaged recreational fishing community.

Acting Minister for Agriculture Ben Carroll released Victoria’s draft Freshwater Fisheries Management Plan for public consultation today.

“We’re growing recreational fishing and boosting jobs through our record $46 Million investment into Target 1 Million, which is getting more people fishing more often.” Acting Minister for Agriculture Ben Carroll said.

“Fishing makes a significant economic contribution, particularly in our regional towns that depend on tourism, so it’s important to have a shared vision that everyone can work towards.”

Draft plan sets out a new, statewide approach to build better recreational fisheries by bringing together fish, water and land management.

It is the first Freshwater Fisheries Management Plan for Victoria that considers the sustainable management of the state’s most popular recreational fish including:

  • Bass,
  • Golden perch,
  • Murray cod,
  • Redfin,
  • Trout.

Plan was developed collaboratively by fishers, Traditional Owners and other stakeholders.

Its key elements include:

  • Improving fish habitat to help boost fish populations naturally
  • Using recreational angler catch and effort data to help track the performance of fisheries
  • Accelerating recovery of threatened species, including Macquarie perch
  • Expanding the breeding and stocking program of native fish
  • Creating the next generation of responsible anglers
  • Promoting our best recreational fisheries as tourism destinations

Victorian Fisheries Authority will continue to build partnerships and improve recreational fishing through:

  • State Government’s $222 Million commitment to improve waterway and catchment health, including $1 Million for fishers to enhance riverbank habitat and shading
  • Investing $500,000 and fishing licence fees to evaluate key native fisheries in 10 catchments
  • Expanding fish stocking to 270 waters across the state

Submissions are open until 22 March 2018.