Native Fish Releases 2020
Victorian Native Fish Stocking Program
The Victorian Fisheries Authority's native and salmonid (trout and salmon) fish stocking program is designed to enhance recreational fishing opportunities for anglers. Annual stocking plans are developed using information provided at five regional consultation meetings (known as Vic Fish Stock) with recreational fishing representatives, resource managers such as the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Catchment Management Authorities, Water Authorities and our own staff.
The development of the annual stocking program considers the performance of fisheries, the existing stocking approach, results of any stock assessments, fisher and creel surveys, prevailing environmental conditions, impacts of land and water management regimes and other issues that may affect a fishery. Requests by stakeholders to vary current stocking programs, or consider new waters are also discussed.
The 2019/2020 native fish stocking component of the program released 5,131,235 native fish into Victorian waters including record numbers of Murray cod, golden perch, silver perch and Australian bass.
The Snobs Creek fish hatchery produces the salmonids and more than 850,000 native fish including growing record number of Murray cod in 2019. The hatchery operates with funding from recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government's Target One Million plan. The operation of Snobs Creek is overseen by an advisory board consisting of Fisheries staff and recreational anglers.
Stockings may be subject to 'last minute' variation due to natural factors i.e. flood, fire, low water level or quality, algal blooms or man-made impacts such as major works on water storages.
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