Thursday, February 29, 2024

Licences fund rec fishing projects

OVER $1 million from the sale of recreational fishing licences will be used to fund 10 recreational fishing related projects in Victoria.

Grants allocated under Victoria’s DPI Recreational Fishing Grants Program will provide:

  • $32,408 to construct a fishing platform on Yambuk Lake, south west Victoria.
  • $133,920 over three years to help develop a reliable supply of catfish fingerlings based on appropriate genetic composition and to establish new stocking-based recreational fisheries in selected northern Victorian waters.
  • $200,000 over two years to construct two recreational fishing platforms at Devilbend Reservoir.
  • $60,800 to improve access for recreational fishers to Werribee River.
  • $65,000 over three years to help re-establish Victoria’s recreational fishery for Chinook salmon.
  • $8,800 to conduct a risk assessment of Lake Colac to stock selected species.
  • $186,000 over three years to determine the spawning sources, movement patterns and nursery area replenishment of King George whiting in south east Australia.
  • $181,386 over two years to better understand the ecological processes in Port Phillip Bay that underpin the recruitment of snapper.
  • $130,910 over three years to assess and inform the future management of Victoria’s short fin mako shark recreational fishery.
  • $34,000 over two years to install a further 40 ‘Seal the loop’ recreational fishing line disposal bins around Victoria.

Another $228,000, over two years, will be earmarked for recreational fisheries communication products, such as fish length rulers and the annual fishing guide. The Victorian Government has allocated $16.2 million over four years to boost opportunities for rec fishing through improvements to fishing infrastructure, such as recreational reefs, fish cleaning tables and access to jetties, and more fish stocking.

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