Num­bers of trout probed

Mansfield Courier - - EDITOR -

I WRITE in re­sponse to the let­ter ( Mans­field Courier, Fe­bru­ary 19) from Brian Cham­bers re­gard­ing trout fish­ing in De­latite River.

In re­sponse to con­cerns be­ing raised with me and Fish­eries Vic­to­ria by recre­ational fish­ers about trout fish­ing in North East trout wa­ters, Fish­eries Vic­to­ria has en­gaged the ser­vices of re­searchers at the Arthur Ry­lah In­sti­tute to sur­vey trout pop­u­la­tions in lo­cal rivers this sum­mer.

The fish pop­u­la­tion sur­veys have been fi­nalised and the re­sults are cur­rently be­ing an­a­lysed and com­pared to pre­vi­ous sur­vey re­sults.

A num­ber of North East trout rivers have now been sur­veyed and re­sults can be broadly ap­plied to other rivers.

Sam­ple sites were two sites in the King River (be­low Lake Wil­liam Hovell), two sites in the up­per King River (above Pineap­ple Flat), one site in the Goul­burn River (near Kev­ing­ton), two sites in the up­per Goul­burn (be­tween Kev­ing­ton and Woods Point), one site in the lower Jamieson River, two sites in the up­per Jamieson, one site in the lower Howqua and two sites in the up­per Howqua.

Depend­ing on the re­sults, op­tions could in­clude im­prov­ing in­stream habi­tats, fur­ther re­search and mon­i­tor­ing of fish pop­u­la­tions and wa­ter tem­per­a­tures or in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case for limited stock­ing.

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