Maribyrnong River native fish revival

An exciting plan to improve fishing for all

Project overview

Our wonderful Maribyrnong River flows through the heart of the western suburbs of Melbourne fringed by a growing population of more than 2 million people. Over the last 150 years, the river has changed because of; dredging, de-snagging, removal of steam-side vegetation, installation of weirs and fords, urban runoff, point source pollution, flood mitigation and bank stabilization works.  While it remains an important recreational fishery to many, its fish population has been held back by a lack of fish habitat.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority with the support of anglers, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria and Local Governments’ are working together to rebuild the rivers native fish population and, create exciting new recreational fisheries for families and their children to enjoy for generations to come.

The project will focus on the mid to upper estuarine reaches of the Maribyrnong River between Flemington Racecourse and Avondale Heights.

What we’ll be doing

The project will rebuild native fish population and improve recreational fishing by improving fish habitat, fish stocking and angler access, including 7 key elements:

  1. Fish population and fish habitat surveys
  2. A new boat launching facility on the Maribyrnong River.
  3. Large-scale stocking of native estuary perch fingerlings
  4. Recreational water users study.
  5. A review of existing recreational fishing access and riverside platforms.
  6. Installation of secure woody fish habitat.
  7. Study of early history of fishing along the Maribyrnong River

Click here to download more information about the Maribyrnong River native fish revival project.

Recent Estuary perch stocking locations

Project update and progress

2019 Rec Fishers Forums

Following the inaugural stocking of 130,000 estuary perch into the Maribyrnong River late last year, the VFA are pleased to announce the next phase of this wonderful project, with a rec fishers forum.

The forum will provide key project updates, discuss areas of interest and future project deliverables.  Specific topics to be discussed on the night include:

  • Habitat and fish survey (past and future)
  • Access and infrastructure review
  • Estuary perch stocking
  • General open discussion

The VFA are inviting all rec fishers to help us shape the project and determine which areas matters most to us (registration link below).


Monday 6th May 18:30 supper/dinner, 19:00 – 21:00 forum.


Essendon Angling Club

44 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds


Please register for the 2019 Rec Fisher Forums here

This is a free event. Registrations help us plan catering (dinner) requirements for the forum.

To keep up to date about the project or require further information, please send an email to

How you can learn more?

Send us your email at so we can keep you up to date on progress.