Victoria’s Talk Wild Trout conference on this Saturday

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FRESHWATER anglers are being reminded about the Talk Wild Trout conference at Mansfield on Saturday, 5th November.

Nearly 200 people have already registered for the event, but there are plenty of seats left for those keen to learn more about Victoria’s wild trout fisheries and the results of recent scientific studies.

Fisheries Victoria Executive Director, Travis Dowling, said the conference was funded by fishing licence fees and the State Government’s Target One Million plan, which aims to get more people fishing, more often and grow participation to one million by 2020.

“We want to share the results of important research so the entire trout fishing community better understands the key drivers and what we can all do to improve the quality of our valuable fisheries,” Mr Dowling said.

Conference topics include:

  • An update on spawning success in 12 wild trout rivers.
  • Tagged trout movement in the Delatite River above Lake Eildon.
  • How climate change is affecting Victorian trout rivers.
  • Angler driven river restoration efforts over the last 12 months.
  • Instream habitat improvements.

The keynote speaker will be April Vokey from North America who is passionate about fly fishing, fisheries conservation and fish habitat. Ms Vokey will share her impressions of Australia’s trout fisheries having fished some of the world’s best in Europe, New Zealand and North and South America.

Fisheries managers from Victoria will talk about the results of a brown trout stocking trial in the Howqua and Goulburn rivers. The results will surprise the keenest of trout anglers!

The conference is at the Mansfield Performing Arts Centre, between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Tea and coffee will be available and lunch will be provided.

Registration for the conference is free and can be done here.

Learn more about the day at the Fisheries Victoria website.

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