Hatch­ery helps stock wa­ter­ways

Shepparton News - Country News - - COUNTRY LIFE -

Mil­lions of fish were grown and sup­plied into Vic­to­rian wa­ter­ways at 200 places around Vic­to­ria in 2017-18.

The Snob’s Creek Fish Hatch­ery, a Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment au­thor­ity, set a record in the 12 months with more than six mil­lion fish stocked. It also cel­e­brated its 70th birth­day.

With Snobs Creek hatch­ery work­ing at full ca­pac­ity, the Vic­to­rian Fish­eries Au­thor­ity re­lied on the pur­chase of sev­eral mil­lion fish from in­ter­state fish hatch­eries to pro­vide its en­tire stock­ing com­mit­ment into Vic­to­rian wa­ter­ways.

Ac­cord­ing to the an­nual re­port, more than 1.2 mil­lion trout and salmon were re­leased along­side nearly five mil­lion na­tive fish such as Mur­ray cod (1.6 mil­lion), golden perch (2.3 mil­lion), Aus­tralian bass (474 500) and sil­ver perch (235 000).

Large num­bers of the trout and Mur­ray cod were grown at the Snobs Creek Hatch­ery, near Eil­don, which is funded by fish­ing li­cence fees and the project Tar­get One Mil­lion.

Lakes Eil­don (100 000), Hume (69 000), Tulla­roop Reser­voir (53 000), Pur­rum­bete (41 500), and Wen­douree (29 000) re­ceived trout and salmon, most of which were one-year-old fish.

More than four mil­lion Mur­ray cod and golden perch fin­ger­lings, only a few months old and av­er­ag­ing one gram each, were stocked into lakes Eil­don (427 000), Rock­lands (431 000), Hume (320 000) and Ep­palock (300 000), Gun­bower Creek (300 000) and Cairn Cur­ran Reser­voir (208 000).

The hatch­ery has an an­nual bud­get of about $3.1 mil­lion, with fish pur­chases cost­ing about $1.8 mil­lion.

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