Andrews Govt Sets New Fish Stocking Record Over Last 12 Months

Andrews Govt Sets New Fish Stocking Record Over Last 12 Months

Victoria Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

Record 4 Million Fish Stocked Across Victoria

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government has set a new fish stocking record over the last 12 months, releasing almost 4 Million fish to improve angling opportunities.

Record fish stocked comprised 845,000 trout and salmon, and more than 3 Million native fish including Murray cod, golden perch and Australian bass. Andrews Government has set a new fish stocking record over the last 12 months, releasing almost 4 Million fish to improve angling opportunities.

These fish were released into more than 250 lakes and rivers across the state, including 50,000 rainbow trout into 80 Family Fishing Lakes just in time for the July and September school holidays.

“Stocking improves fishing opportunities in lakes and rivers, increases catch rates for anglers and helps attract visitors to regional centres that depend on tourism put simply it’s a win-win.” Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said.

“Recreational fishing is a wonderful pastime that brings families and friends together in beautiful places, often away from the stresses of daily life and work routines, which is good for relationships and good for mental health.”

These trout are catchable size and provide people of all ages and abilities who are new to fishing, with the perfect opportunity to cast in a line and involve the whole family in a healthy, outdoor pastime.

This year’s stocking record is set to tumble in 2018 when 5 Million fish will be stocked, delivering on the Andrews Government’s Target 1 Million election commitment to boost stocking from less than 3 Million under the previous Coalition Government.

In 2018, 1 Million trout and salmon will be stocked, alongside 4 Million native fish fingerlings.

$46 Million Target 1 Million plan for recreational fishing aims to get more people fishing, more often, and grow participation to 1 Million anglers by 2020.

Fish stocking is a key contributor to achieving that goal, which is why a marine stocking program has also been established, releasing estuary perch and mulloway into several Gippsland estuaries.

Target 1 Million is improving recreational fishing in other ways too by bringing an end to commercial net fishing in Port Phillip Bay, improving access and facilities, hosting events to help beginners learn from experts and helping angling clubs grow membership.