Date set for Gippsland netting buy back

VRFish say they want to see more scenes like this across Gippsland Lakes with mums, dads and kids having a great time throwing a line in.

VRFISH and Gippsland Lakes Recreational Fishing Alliance met with the Victorian Fisheries Authority last night in Lakes Entrance to learn they are drafting legislation to progress the commercial netting buy-back.

Minister for Fishing and Boating Jaala Pulford MP has stated the buyout of 10 Gippsland Lakes Access Licences will be complete by April 1, 2020. Bait access licenses will remain.

VRFish says that now the date has been set, planning can start to boost our fish stocks even further through restocking programs for black bream, estuary perch, dusky flathead and more Australian bass.

There was also a discussion about bringing recreational fishers together in the future to develop a recovery plan that includes management, monitoring and data collection by our sector, increased stewardship and working closely with the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority on long-term programs to improve fish habitat and water quality.

We want to see more scenes like the photo below across the Lakes with mums, dads and kids from all across Victoria having a great time throwing a line in and having a good chance of catching a fish.

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