Native Fish Releases
Fisheries' 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 are also considered.