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Victoria’s native fisheries to get an annual check-up

Major rivers in Victoria are to receive an annual check-up to monitor the health and status of recreational fish species.

Researchers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)’s Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI) will work with Fisheries Victoria to monitor native fish species in a selected river in each of Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authority (CMA) regions.

ARI Principal Research Scientist Jarod Lyon said: “The surveys will provide Victorians with accurate information about the health of our native fish and our waterways.”

“The information we gather in each check-up will inform the management actions we need to take to support our recreational fish species and the health of selected priority rivers within each CMA region across Victoria,” Mr Lyon said.

“We know that many Victorians, including anglers, are keen to know more about our rivers and this initiative will give them more information about fish recruitment, catchable size fish, waterway health and fishery values.”

Region Priority River Target species
East Gippsland CMA Mitchell River Australian Bass
West Gippsland CMA Thomson River (including Macalister River downstream Lake Glenmaggie) Australian Bass
Melbourne Water Yarra River Macquarie Perch, Murray Cod
Corangamite CMA Gellibrand River River Blackfish
Glenelg Hopkins CMA Glenelg River Estuary Perch
Wimmera CMA Wimmera River Freshwater Catfish, Golden Perch
Mallee CMA Lindsay River/Mullaroo Creek Golden Perch, Murray Cod
North Central CMA Gunbower Creek Murray Cod, Golden Perch
Goulburn Broken CMA Lower Goulburn River Murray Cod, Golden Perch
North East CMA Ovens River Murray Cod, Trout Cod, Golden Perch

This work is funded under the $222 million investment into catchment and waterway health through the Victorian Government’s water plan ‘Water for Victoria’ and the Target One Million initiative to get more people fishing, more often.

Murray Cod (Maccullochella peelii peelii), Trout Cod (Maccullochella macquariensis), Freshwater Catfish (Tandanus tandanus), Macquarie Perch (Macquaria australasica) are listed as threatened species in Victoria under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee (FFG) Act.

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