The Victorian Government has released its blueprint for boosting freshwater fishing across the state with the draft plan now ready for public feedback.
Acting Agriculture Minister Ben Carroll released Victoria’s draft Freshwater Fisheries Management Plan last Monday and the plan sets out a new, statewide approach to build better recreational fisheries by bringing together fish, water and land management.
It is the first Freshwater Fisheries Management Plan for Victoria that considers the sustainable management of the state’s most popular recreational fish — including trout, redfin, Murray cod, golden perch and bass.
Key elements of the draft plan include:
■Improving fish habitat to help boost fish populations naturally.
■Using recreational angler catch and effort data to help track the performance of fisheries.
■Accelerating recovery of threatened species, including Macquarie perch.
■Expanding the breeding and stocking program of native fish.
■Creating the next generation of responsible anglers.
■Promoting our best recreational fisheries as tourism destinations.
■The plan is available online at www.vfa.vic.gov.au/freshwaterplan and submissions are open until March 22.