Victoria Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh
New Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide Now Available
Victor P Taffa
The 2012 Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide has been released and includes important new information about catch limits, closed seasons and permitted equipment.
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said more than 300,000 guides had been printed to help Victoria’s recreational anglers fish sustainably.
Mr. Walsh said recreational fishing licence fees had funded the guide and other educational products such as plastic measures for abalone, rock lobster and freshwater spiny crayfish.
The 2012 Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide outlines rules that currently apply and new rules introduced since the last edition, including:
• Removal of the daily bag limit for redfin, which can now be taken in unlimited numbers from lakes and rivers;
• The removal of the 120 cm slot limit for southern bluefin, yellowfin and big eye tuna;
• The requirement to land albacore, southern bluefin, yellowfin and big eye tuna in whole form;
• Prohibition on the take of blue groper;
• Seasonal dates for the take of abalone from central Victorian marine waters.
“Recreational fishers are encouraged to read the new fishing guide so they are fully aware of the rules for their target species.” Mr. Walsh said.
“We have also added new maps and more fish illustrations to help anglers understand important rules.”
Guides are available free from Department of Primary Industries regional offices, selected tourism outlets and 900 recreational fishing licence sellers throughout Victoria.