Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford was in Shepparton on Friday to announce the successful projects receiving grants in the 2016-17 Recreational Fishing Licence Large Grants Program.
Since 2001, the program has funded more than 650 projects worth more than $21million for angling clubs and community organisations across the state.
This year will see more than $1million made available, with three projects set to make a direct difference to fishing in Shepparton, according to Fisheries Victoria executive director Travis Dowling.
‘‘We know that fish love snags and bits of timber in the river ... (attracting) more shrimp and yabbies hanging around,’’ Mr Dowling said.
‘‘Historically there was a lot of timber removed but with the help of catchment management authorities and money from Fisheries Victoria we will see a resurgence in great fishing in Shepparton.’’
A cheque for $110966 was presented by Ms Pulford to the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.
‘‘We regularly put in applications for these grants in conjunction with fishing clubs, giving us the opportunity to put snags back in the Goulburn River and put boulders into some of our upper streams; the Delatite, Howqua and Hughes,’’ Goulburn Broken CMA chief executive Chris Norman said.
Every year the Victorian Government distributes revenue from the sale of recreational fishing licences to projects that will improve recreational fishing opportunities.
Ms Pulford said the licence-funded projects complemented the government’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, that aims to get more people fishing more often.
‘‘Improving fishing opportunities creates more jobs, supports local businesses and strengthens our regional communities,’’ she said.
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