SEVERAL hundred anglers shared their ideas on ways to improve Victoria’s recreational fisheries at 13 Recreational Fishing Regional Forums held across the state recently.
Fisheries Victoria says this is the fifth year of the forums and they have again been a great success, with a significant number of anglers from different demographics in attendance.
A special forum targeting female anglers was held in May in Darnum, home to the female angling club The Darnum Danglers. This was the first year that Fisheries Victoria held a forum which aimed at hearing specifically from women fishers, with many of the Darnum Danglers present, along with women fishers from Lakes Entrance and Venus Bay.
The forums are a great way for anglers to work with government to continually improve recreational fisheries in Victoria. There were a number of welcome suggestions made by anglers this year, and over coming months Fisheries Victoria will investigate opportunities to further build on improving recreational fishing for anglers.
The forums ran in partnership with VRFish. Fisheries Victoria and VRFish heard a number of suggestions ranging from the location of fish cleaning tables and fishing access upgrades to ways to improve the administration of the Recreational Fishing Licence.
Fisheries Victoria is committed to expanding consultation with the broader recreational fishing community. For a full list of suggestions made by anglers at the forums visit