Corangamite Fishery Management Plan
The area covered by the Plan aligns with the inland and estuarine waters administered by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.
Waters include the Barwon, Curdies and Gellibrand rivers, Lake Bullen Merri, West Barwon Dam, Wurdiboluc Reservoir and Family Fishing Lakes such as Victoria Lakes (Ballarat), Cobden Lake, Bannockburn Lagoon and Seagull Lake (Geelong).
The Corangamite Fishery Management Plan outlines 11 strategies for sustainably managing the Corangamite Fishery for at least the next five years. Strategies include encouraging responsible fishing behaviour, stocking fish, assessing the status of the inland fishery and improving access to fishing areas.
The Plan also describes:
- The fishery
- The key recreational fishing species
- Current management arrangements
- Relevant policy
- Goals, objectives, strategies and actions for managing fishing activities in the region.
The Corangamite Fishery Management Plan was developed in accordance with Part 3 of the Fisheries Act 1995 and the process was overseen by the Fisheries Co-Management Council.
The plan was prepared with assistance from a steering committee which had an independent chair and representatives from the Victorian Recreational Fishing peak body (VRFish), the Fisheries Co-Management Council, Barwon Water, Southern Rural Water, the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport, and Resources, Department of Environment and Sustainability and Indigenous parties.
All public submissions received through the planning process were considered by the Steering Committee, the Executive Director Fisheries Victoria and the Minister for Agriculture.
A copy of the Corangamite Fishery Management Plan can be obtained by contacting the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.