Friday, March 1, 2024

Vic Fishos To Clean Up

ANGLERS at two popular Victorian fishing locations can clean their catch in greater comfort courtesy of new fish cleaning tables.

Fisheries Minister Joe Helper said the tables had been installed at Stony Point, on Western Port, and on the Hopkins River, in Warrnambool, through the Brumby Government’s $13.5 million Enhanced Recreational Fishing Program.

“There are two new tables installed near the boat ramp at Stony Point, which is a very popular year-round spot for anglers eager to catch gummy shark, snapper and King George whiting,” Helper said.

“The Government has made Western Port a haven for recreational fishing, since the cessation of commercial net fishing in the area in late 2007.”

Helper said the three tables installed at the Hopkins River would further enhance its reputation as a “premier river” under the Go Fishing in Victoria initiative.

“The river is highly regarded by fishers seeking black bream, estuary perch and mulloway,” the Minister said.

“The three new tables are located near the main public boat ramps and complement several new jetties and fishing platforms that have been built to improve access for anglers.

“More cleaning tables are expected to be installed this year at many popular Victorian fishing locations, with plans underway for tables at Portland in the south west, Marlo in East Gippsland and Newhaven, Mahers Landing and Inverloch in Gippsland.

“Inland waters are also being considered for fish cleaning tables with Eildon Pondage in the north east expected to be the first site.”

The tables were purpose-built with a slanted stainless steel cleaning surface, running water and the option of a roof structure.

A range of six different designs are available to ensure that an appropriate table can be provided to suit each individual location.

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