Hatch­ery quest

Sheed urges state to con­sider Tatura for fish fa­cil­ity

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Thomas Moir

State Mem­ber for Shep­par­ton Suzanna Sheed has urged the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment to con­sider a site in Tatura for a new fish hatch­ery.

Mr Sheed has writ­ten to Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford, propos­ing the Tatura Re­search Cen­tre as an ideal site for a fish hatch­ery, in line with an op­por­tu­nity high­lighted in a fish­ery man­age­ment plan.

In cor­re­spon­dence with Ms Pul­ford, Ms Sheed noted a draft plan had re­ported an Eil­don fish hatch­ery was run­ning at ca­pac­ity and that part­ner­ships were be­ing sought to boost threat­ened species for the state’s freshwater wa­ter­ways.

‘‘I would like to pro­pose the Tatura Re­search Cen- tre at Fer­gu­son Rd, Tatura, as an ideal site for this ex­pan­sion,’’ Ms Sheed wrote.

The mooted cen­tre is ‘‘crit­i­cally’’ lo­cated within the south­ern Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin and close to the state’s ‘‘largest and most im­por­tant water­way’’, the Goul­burn River, it­self a pop­u­lar in­land re- cre­ational fish­ery, she wrote.

Ms Sheed high­lighted the re­search cen­tre build­ing had land avail­able for pond de­vel­op­ment, lab­o­ra­to­ries and of­fice space, much of it ‘‘un­der­utilised’’.

‘‘The de­vel­op­ment of such a fa­cil­ity in the Shep­par­ton dis­trict would also pro­vide im­por­tant em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially for the re­gion’s large in­dige­nous pop­u­la­tion, ad­dress­ing a range of gov­ern­ment pri­or­i­ties,’’ the let­ter reads.

Ms Sheed sought the min­is­ter’s ad­vice on how the project could progress.

The Draft Freshwater Fish­eries Man­age­ment Plan aims to build bet­ter recre­ational fish­eries by bring­ing to­gether fish, wa­ter and land man­age­ment.

Ob­jec­tives in­clude im­prov­ing fish habi­tat to nat­u­rally boost pop­u­la­tions, ac­cel­er­ate re­cov­ery of threat­ened species and ex­pand breed­ing and stock­ing pro­grams of na­tive fish.

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