Native Fish Releases 2003-04

1.    Departmental Stocking Program

The department's native fish stocking program is designed to enhance recreational fishing opportunities for anglers. The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) stocks trout cod, a fully protected species that anglers are not permitted to take, to ensure the survival of the species in accordance with the National Trout Cod Recovery Plan.

Stocking Plans are developed annually as part of the man-agement consultation process between Fisheries Victoria, VRFish the Recreational Fisheries Peak Body and other natural resource management agencies. The meetings consider in detail the performance of existing stocking programs, the results of stock assessments, creel surveys, angler diaries and anything else that has or might impact on the fishery e.g. environmental conditions, water levels. Requests by client groups for changes to current stocking programs and the implementation of new stocking pro-grams are considered.

Stocking Plans are subject to 'last minute' variations due to natural factors e.g. flood, drought, or man-made im-pacts such as excessive algal blooms, major works on storages, etc. Explanatory notes are provided where a planned release has been amended.

Water Stocked Month/Year Fish Size
(z)
Aust. Bass Golden Perch Murray cod Silver Perch Trout cod
Anderson Lake 2/04 1 - 1,000 500 - -
Avoca River 3/04 1 - 17,000 - - -
Batyo Catyo Lake U/S - - - - - -
Blue Rock Dam - - - - - -
Boga Lake 4/04 372 - - 317⊕† - -

4/04 1 - 5,535#† - - -
Broken Creek 3/04 0.6 - 15,000 - - -
Broken River 1/04 1.4 - 20,000 - - -
Buffalo Lake 3/04 0.6 - 10,000 - - -
Bullen Merri Lake 11/03 0.9 10,000 - - - -
Cairn Curran Res. U/S - - - - - -
Campaspe River






Rochester dwnst. of Elmore 2/04 0.7 - - 10,000 - -
L. Eppalock to Elmore 2/04 0.7 - - 10,000 - -
Axedale to Elmore 3-4/04 0.5 - 40,000 - - -
Charm Lake 1/04 172 - - 500⊕† - -

4/04 1 - 5,535#† - - -
Crusoe Reservoir 4/04 0.9 - 3,000 - - -
Cullulleraine Lake 4/04 0.4 - - - 10,000 -

2/04 0.9 - - 10,000 - -

4/04 1.2 - 10,000 - - -
Eildon Lake 2-3/04 0.5 - - 42,500 - -

3/04 0.6 - 155,000 - - -
Eppalock Lake U/S - - - - - -
Expedition Pass Res. 2/04 1.6 - - 250 - -

4/04 0.9 - 1,00 - - -
Glenmaggie Lake - - # - - - -
Goldsfields Reservoir 4/04 0.9 - 1,000 - - -
Goulburn River






Shepparton 2/04 0.5 - - 25,000# - -

2/04 102 - - 2,500 - -
Gunbower Creek 2/04 1.6 - - 20,000 - -
Hanging Rock Lake 4/04 0.4 - 500 - - -
Hume Lake 3-4/04 0.4 - 149,700 - - -

2/04 0.5 - - 50,000 - -
Kangaroo Lake 1/04 172 - - 1,000⊕† - -

4/04 1 - 9,280#† - - -
Kerford Lake 3/04 0.6 - 5,000 - - -
Kiewa River (Kergunyah) 1/04 0.8 - - 20,000 - -
King Lake 3/04 0.6 - 1,000 - - -
Kow Swamp 4/04 1 - 9,140#† - - -
Laanecoorie Reservoir U/S - - - - - -
Landsborough Reservoir U/S - - - - - -
Little Bort Lake U/S - - - - - -
Little Murray River 2/04 1.5 - - 10,000 - -
Loch Garry U/S - - - - - -
Loddon River






Bridgewater 2/04 0.8 - - 10,000# - -
Bridgewater to Kerang 2/04 1.5 - - 10,000 - -
Above Fernihurst 2/04 1.4 - 7,500 - - -
Bridgewater to Newbridge 2-3/04 1.3 - 20,000 1,000 - -
Newbridge 3/04 1.4 - 7,500 - - -
Kerang 3/04 1.4 - 5,000 - - -
Serpentine 3/04 1.3 - 10,000 - - -
Macalister River






below Lake Glenmaggie - - - - - -
Meran Lake U/S - - - - - -
Mokoan Lake 4/04 1.2 - 20,000# - - -
Nillahcootie Lake 1/04 1.4 - 20,000 - - -
Ovens River 1/04 1 - - - - 30,000#*
Redbank Reservoir U/S - - - - - -
Reedy Lake (first) 3/04 248 - - 412⊕† - -

4/04 1.1 - 5,535#† - - -
Richardson River 3/04 1 - 10,000 - - -
Sambell Lake 3/04 0.6 - 5,000 - - -
Serpentine Creek 3/04 1 - 5,000 - - -
Seven Creeks - - - - - -
Sumption Gardens Creek 3/04 0.6 - 2,000 - - -
Taylors Lake 2/04 0.9 - - 15,000 - -

3-4/04 0.7 - 20,000 - - -
Tullaroop Ck (Deep Ck) - - - - - -
Victoria Lake (Shepparton) 3/04 0.6 - 2,500 - - -
Wooroonook Lake U/S - - - - - -
Wimmera River






Horsham 4/04 0.4 - 1.7 - 4,000 5,000 5,000 -
Jeparit 4/04 1.7 - 4,000 - - -
Dimboola 4/04 1.7 - 6,000 - - -
Glenorchy 4/04 1.7 - 4,000 - - -
Elmhurst/Green Creek 4/04 1.7 - 4,000 - - -
Yarriambiack Creek U/S - - - - - -

Species Total



10,000

620,725

243,979

15,000

30,000

2. Authorised Client Group Fish Releases

The Department authorises fish releases by client groups. The stockings may complement the Department's program, or may be waters for which the Department is unable to provide fish. Requests by client groups are considered in the consultation process described in Part 1. above. Approved proposals must conform to the requirements of the Department's Policy Statement on Stocking Native Fish. Releases authorised by the Department for which fish stocking details have been confirmed are listed below.
NOTE:  Under Section 530 of the Fisheries Regulations 1998, it is an offence to stock fish into any Victorian water, both public and private, without the written permission of the Director, Fisheries Victoria. Penalty: up to $2,000.

Water Stocked Client Group Date Fish Size
(z)
Aust. Bass Silver Perch Golden Perch Freshw. catfish Murray cod
Albert Park Lake Dept. Sust. & Envir. 3/04 0.4 - - 4,000 - -
Allan's Flat Drdg Yackand. Ang. Cl. 3/04 0.7 - - 800 - -
Boosey Creek Tungam. Ang. Cl. 4/04 1.2 - - 4,000#♦ - -
Bullen Merri Lake RHFF 11/03 0.9 15,000 - - - -
Corryong Creek Corryong Ang. Cl. 4/04 1 - - - - 1,500

1 - - - - 3,500 - -
Lake Eildon RHFF 2/04 0.3 - - - - 50,000
Goulburn River RHFF 1/04 0.8 - - - - 25,000
Greens Lake (Corop) RHFF 1/04 1.7 - - 7,750 - -

Kyabram Angl. Cl. 1/04 1.7 - - 7,750 - -
Wimmera River NFA & WNFF 11/03 2 - 3 - 1,200 - - -

NFA & WNFF 11/03 50+ - - - 300 -
Gunbower Creek Gunbower Angl. Cl. 2/04 1.5 - - - - 1,000

Dept. Sust. & Envir. 7/03 250 - - - - 100Θ
Loddon River (Kerang) Dept. Sust. & Envir. 7/03 250 - - - - 100
Loddon River (Bridgewater) Inglew. Footb. Cl. 3/04 1.4 - - 5,000 - -

Species Totals




15,000

1,200

29,300

300

81,200

3.  Total Releases


Aust. Bass Golden Perch Murray cod Silver Perch Freshwater catfish Trout cod Total
Department 10,000 620,725 243,979 15,000 - 30,000* 919,704Δ
Client Groups 15,000 29,300 81,200 1,200 300 - 127,000

Species Totals

25,000

650,025

325,179

16,200

300

30,000*

1,046,704Δ

4. Notes

The Native Fish Release Program 2003/2004 involved 63 transport man-days with vehicles travelling about 25,400 km.Total release weights were 2,024kg for departmental releases and 99kg for client groups. The month and year of fish release is expressed as 3/04. The first digit is the month ie. 3 = March, the second two digits show the year 03 = 2003, 04 = 2004.

# - Internally marked for research purposes.
(z) - Average weight per fish in grams.
U/S - Water conditions unsuitable for stockin ie. low water level.
- Fish transported & released by Fisheries Victoria on behalf of Furturefish Foundation.
- Fish purchased, transported & released by Fisheries Victoria on behalf of the club.
- Gippsland strain Australian bass were not available this season.
- Short falls of golden perch production by private commercial hatcheries meant fish were unavailable.
- Target for stocking Eildon and Hume was 200,000 golden perch, however   shortfalls in production resulted in only 155,000 and 149,700   respectively.
Δ - Includes 30,000 Trout cod stocked by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).
Θ -   Yearling Murray cod stocked by DSE as part of NAIDOC Week ( National   Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Observance Committee).
- Yearling cod dart tagged or research purposes.
* - Funded by Department of Sustainability & Environment (DSE).
- RFL funds purchased these fish.
  RHFF - Rex Hunt Futurefish Foundation
  WNFF - Wartook Native Fish Farm
  NFA - Native Fish Australia

Acknowledgments

This Information Note was developed by Stewart McGlashan, East Melbourne.