Fishing licence fee changes to boost investment

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CHANGES to Victoria’s recreational fishing licensing system, effective from 1 July, will increase investment in projects that improve fishing opportunities.

Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Travis Dowling, said the changes included a rise in the price of fishing licences with every extra cent raised to be spent on projects that benefit recreational fishing.

“These projects complement the State Government’s Target One Million plan, which aims to get more people fishing, more often,” Dowling said.

“The extra revenue generated by these licensing changes will boost investment meaning more fish stocking, more improvements to angler access and facilities, and more community fishing events where newcomers can come and try this popular pastime.

Recreational fishing licence fees have not increased since 2008.

“From 1 July 2016, the two-day licence will be replaced by a three-day licence for $10 and the 28-day licence will cost $20.

“A one-year fishing licence will cost $35 and a three-year licence will cost $95.

“If purchased online, the one and three year licences will be discounted to $33 and $90 respectively and anglers will continue to receive a plastic licence in the mail, as they have since November 2015 when plastic licences were introduced.

“There will be no changes to exemptions, and children under 18 will continue to fish for free.”

Mr Dowling said wetting a line with family and friends was good for physical and mental health and got people active in Victoria’s great outdoors.

“That’s why we’ll continue to invest fishing licence fees into worthwhile projects that really make a difference to fishing opportunities, whether that’s in Port Phillip Bay, Lake Eildon or an East Gippsland estuary.”

Learn more about fishing licences, or buy one online, on the Victorian Fisheries website.

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