Where are they bit­ing?

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - On The Land -

The Ovens River will be part of a mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram to track the health and num­bers of fish in the lo­cal wa­ter­ways.

Across the state, Vic­to­ri­ans will get a bet­ter in­sight into the health of the state’s wa­ter­ways and na­tive fish num­bers fol­low­ing the launch of the Na­tive Fish Re­port Card, funded by the An­drews La­bor Govern­ment.

Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Lisa Neville and Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Jaala Pul­ford re­leased the Na­tive Fish Re­port Card re­cently which aims to keep com­mu­ni­ties up­dated about the state of na­tive fish in Vic­to­rian rivers.

By mon­i­tor­ing fish pop­u­la­tions in Vic­to­ria’s 10 pri­or­ity rivers, the Na­tive Fish Re­port Card will tell lo­cal an­glers and con­ser­va­tion­ists about the health of key Vic­to­rian fish species.

“The Re­port Card will give the com­mu­nity and an­glers im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about the state of Vic­to­rian fish,” Ms Neville said.

“Through Wa­ter for Vic­to­ria, we’re im­prov­ing in­for­ma­tion about our wa­ter­ways and catch­ments, and bet­ter re­port­ing back to com­mu­ni­ties.”

The pri­or­ity rivers are: Ovens River, Goul­burn River, Gel­li­brand River, Glenelg River, Gunbower, Lind­say and Mulla­roo, Mitchell River, Thom­son and Macalis­ter, Wim­mera River and Yarra River.

Fish­ers, cit­i­zen sci­en­tists and com­mu­nity mem­bers alike can ac­cess in­for­ma­tion about recre­ational and threat­ened non-recre­ational fish species through a web-por­tal that will be up­dated with new fish pop­u­la­tion data ev­ery year.

“We want more Vic­to­ri­ans fish­ing more of­ten, which is why we’re in­vest­ing in the Na­tive Fish Re­port Card to pro­vide the com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion on where to go fish­ing and what they can ex­pect to catch,” Ms Pul­ford said.

“We can’t wait to see the ben­e­fits of our record na­tive fish stock­ing and con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in snags for fish re­flected in fu­ture re­port card re­sults.”

Over the next three years this web­site will pro­vide valu­able in­for­ma­tion on the con­di­tion of na­tive fish and is the first Vic­to­rian pro­gram to do so.

As data is strength­ened through­out the years, the fish­eries will be able to dis­cover trends in fish pop­u­la­tions.

Fund­ing for this pro­gram comes from the La­bor Govern­ment’s record $222 mil­lion in­vest­ment into wa­ter­way and catch­ment health, recre­ational fish­ing li­cense fees and Tar­get One Mil­lion, which is in­vest­ing a record $46 mil­lion to get more peo­ple fish­ing, more of­ten.

The pro­gram is run by Depart­ment of Environment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning and the Vic­to­rian Fish­eries Au­thor­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit na­tive­fishre­port­card.org.au.

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