Cast­ing a close eye on Lake Nagam­bie's fish­ing

North East Tourist News - - Strathbogie Ranges -

ANEW study about recre­ational fish­ing in the Nagam­bie Lakes has bench­marked an­gler catches, fish­ing meth­ods, an­gler sat­is­fac­tion and spend­ing pat­terns to pro­vide a clear pic­ture of this devel­op­ing fish­ery and how it can grow lo­cal tourism in the fu­ture.

Fish­eries Vic­to­ria ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Travis Dowl­ing, said the study re­vealed most an­glers were sat­is­fied with their fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and that catches were now dom­i­nated by golden perch and Mur­ray cod, both of which had been stocked ex­ten­sively in re­cent years.

“Recre­ational fish­ing li­cence fees have helped stock more than one mil­lion golden perch and Mur­ray cod fin­ger­lings into the Nagam­bie Lakes sys­tem since 2009 so it is great to see an­glers’ in­vest­ment pay­ing off,” Mr Dowl­ing said.

“The study was un­der­taken over four sum­mer months by Fish­eries Vic­to­ria with a con­tri­bu­tion from the Shire of Strath­bo­gie, which was keen to know more about the role of fish­ing and its eco­nomic ben­e­fits to re­gional tourism.

“The to­tal eco­nomic value of the fish­ery was es­ti­mated to be up to $500,000 an­nu­ally, con­firm­ing that recre­ational fish­ing is not only so­cially sig­nif­i­cant, but also im­por­tant to the re­gional econ­omy.

Mr Dowl­ing con­grat­u­lated Wally Cub­bin and mem­bers of the Goul­burn Val­ley As­so­ci­a­tion of An­gling Clubs for work­ing closely with fish­eries man­agers to de­velop the fish­ery into the com­mu­nity as­set that the study clearly demon­strates.

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