Fisheries Victoria is holding an event at Snobs Creek fish hatchery next month to celebrate 70 years of successful fish production.
The event Sunday, July 2 will be an opportunity to visit the hatchery that is Victoria’s key fish production facility and will also give visitors the chance to speak to the expert staff involved in the breeding of trout and native fish for the statewide stocking program.
‘‘Over the past 70 years, the hatchery has produced fish to provide enhanced recreational fishing opportunities for anglers across the state,’’ Fisheries Victoria’s executive director Travis Dowling said.
‘‘Approximately 1.4 million fish are bred each year consisting of Brown trout, rainbow trout, Chinook salmon, Macquarie perch, trout cod, golden perch, catfish and the iconic Murray cod have all been bred at this facility.
‘‘After 1950 when the production at the Snobs Creek hatchery became significant, the total number of fish produced for management purposes was more than 20million by the end of 1967.
‘‘Although operations and species produced have changed, the hatchery continues to grow in production capacity to this day,’’ he said.
Mr Dowling said new and old technology would be on display and there was plenty to do for children.
‘‘A blend of old and new technology will be on display ... along with an historical archive showcasing how fish production has changed throughout the decades.
‘‘There will also be face painting, balloonists, a jumping castle and a range of other games and prizes up for grabs, for the kids to enjoy.’’
The event will be held on Sunday, July 2 from 10am to 2pm at the Snobs Creek fish hatchery, Goulburn Valley Hwy, Eildon, Victoria.
■For more information on fish stocking and the Victorian Government’s Target One Million plan, visit: www.vic.gov.au/fishstocking