Codference 2017

Come along to our 2nd free conference about Murray cod and native fish.

It's a great chance to improve your native fish knowledge and angling success.

Conference topics include:Murray Cod

  • Record native fish stocking in Victoria
  • Keynote address from Steve Starling on the native fish revolution
  • Flagship native fisheries and how we got there
  • Robbie Alexander on fishing the Ovens River
  • Native fish habitat partnerships
  • Better fish habitat in lakes
  • John Cahill on cod culture.
  • Marc Ainsworth on native fishing lessons hard earned
  • How fishing licence fees contribute to improving native fisheries
  • Monitoring our native fisheries
  • Koi herpes and the post-carp plan.

We'll also outline how the State Government is investing $46 million into the Target One Million plan to grow participation and get more people fishing, more often.

2017 Murray Codference Program 

8.30 to 9.00 am

Registration & coffee

9.00 to 9.05 am


John Douglas, VFA

9.05 to 9.15 am

Welcome to Country 

Yorta Yorta Nation

9.15 to 9.30 am

Conference launch (Target One Million)

Travis Dowling, VFA

 9.30 to 10.00 am

Keynote summary: Our native fish revolution

Steve Starling   

Session 1:  Building Great Native Fisheries (Chair, Brian Mottram)

10.00 to 10.20 am

Our flagship native fisheries  (and how we got there)

Anthony Forster, VFA

10.20 to 10.40 am

Habitat, flows and stocking – The triple treat for native fish in Gunbower Creek

Louissa Rogers, NCCMA

10.40 to 11.10 am

Morning tea / coffee


11.10 to 11.30 am

Angler's putting back - Your license fees at work

Michael Burgess, VRFish

11.30 to 11.50 am

Native fish report card program

John Douglas, VFA

Session 2:  Innovation & Opportunity (Chair, Michelle Wenner)

11.50 to 12.10 pm

Better fish habitat in lakes - lessons from overseas 

Andrew Norris, QLD DPI 

12.10 to 12.30 pm

Care for cod campaign launch

Anthony Forster, VFA

12.30 to 12.50 pm

National Carp Control Plan update and the Victorian perspective

Craig Ingram, VFA

12.50 to 1.40 pm



Session 3: On the Hook - Fishing for Natives (Chair, Rob Loats)

1.40 to 2.00 pm

The Ovens River, from rags to riches

Robbie Alexander

2.00 to 2.20 pm

Cod Culture

John Cahill

2.20 to 2.40 pm

Luring lessons hard earned

Marc Ainsworth

Session 4: Working together - Open session (Chair, Travis Dowling)

2.40 to 3.30 pm

From the floor- Questions & Answers


3.30 to 3.45 pm

What I got out the conference  

Graeme Dear

3.45 to 4.00 pm


Travis Dowling

4.00 pm

Close & afternoon refreshments



Sunday 10 December 2017, from 9am until 4pm


Eastbank Conference Centre, 70 Welsford St, Shepparton.


To reserve a free seat visit

Registering helps us plan seating and catering, which will include lunch and refreshments.

Seats are limited so register early.