Freshwater Fisheries Management Plan

Building better recreational fisheries

The Draft Freshwater Fisheries Management Plan (the Draft Plan) is now out for public consultation and we need your feedback by 22 March 2018.

The Draft Plan is all about building better recreational fisheries in Victoria by bringing together fish, water and land management.A happy fisher releasing her brown trout. Credit: Adam Royter

The Draft Plan deals with 14 of our most popular recreational species (Murray cod, golden perch, Macquarie perch, silver perch, river blackfish, freshwater catfish, Australian bass, estuary perch, brown trout, rainbow trout, redfin perch, Murray spiny crayfish and common yabby) in rivers, streams, lakes and impoundments.

Key objectives of the Draft Plan are:

  • Healthy recreational fisheries by working together to improve fish habitat and recreational fisheries
  • A deeper understanding of our recreational fisheries – using best available information to manage fisheries
  • Working with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians – to encourage active partnerships in fisheries management
  • Improving recreational fishing experiences and opportunities
  • Responsible recreational fishing - adopting and promoting responsible fishing practices

The Draft Plan will expand investment and promote collaborations in recreational fisheries management over the next decade.

It was developed with a Steering Committee comprising representation from VRFish, the Australian Trout Foundation, Native Fish Australia, the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations, DELWP and Catchment Management Authorities.

Have your say

The Victorian Fisheries Authority encourages you to read the Draft Plan and provide your feedback by 22 March 2018.

Please direct your written submission to:

The Inland Fisheries Manager
PO Box 4509
Melbourne, Victoria 3001