RECORD NUMBER OF ESTUARY PERCH STOCKED

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RECORD NUMBER OF ESTUARY PERCH STOCKED

Post by fishingvic » Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:05 pm

RECORD NUMBER OF ESTUARY PERCH STOCKED


Media contact: Sarah Vanin 0410 982 745 | sarah.vanin@minstaff.vic.gov.au
Tuesday, 4 January 2022
RECORD NUMBER OF ESTUARY PERCH STOCKED

A record number of more than 410,000 estuary perch have been stocked into seven waterways across Victoria.
Estuary perch are a populartarget for fishers and one of a dozen speciesstocked annually to further improve fishing
opportunities in the state’s lakes, rivers and estuaries.

The stocking forms part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $35 million Go Fishing Victoria plan to get more people
fishing, more often and boost fish stocking to 10 million by April this year.
The Maribyrnong River has since welcomed a further 120,000 estuary perch that found new homes amongst 32
fish habitat structures installed in November 2021.

For the first time ever, Aura Vale Lake near Emerald has also been stocked with 5,000 estuary perch. Further east
– the Gippsland Lakes has been stocked for the second year in a row with 140,000 fingerlings.
The stocking at Gippsland Lakes comes as part of the Gippsland Lakes Recreational Fishery Plan, which is returning
the waterway to a recreational fishing mecca, following the end of commercial net fishing in 2020.

Overall this season, estuary perch has been stocked into:

• Maribyrnong River (120,000)
• Gippsland Lakes (140,000)
• Barwon River (113,700)
• Lake Tyers (25,000)
• Aura Vale Lake (5,000)
• Bemm River (5,000)
• Snowy River (5,000)

Quotes attributable to Minister for Fishing and Boating Melissa Horne
“Estuary perch are a brilliant native fish popular with recreational fishers, and it’s great to see several waterways
across Victoria sharing in more than 400,000 fingerlings.”
“We’re on track to stock a record 10 million fish by April this year, which provides more opportunities for Victorian
families to get outdoors and spend time together by the water, and also contributes to our local economies.”

Media contact: Sarah Vanin 0410 982 745 | sarah.vanin@minstaff.vic.gov.au

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