The Andrews Labor Government has delivered on a key election promise with the establishment of Australia’s first trout cod fisheries in Beechworth’s Lake Sambell and Lake Kerferd.
The official opening of the new fisheries, which took place last Friday, was attended by Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes.
Part of the Labor Government’s Target One Million plan, the new fisheries will enable anglers to legally fish for trout cod in Beechworth thanks to the dedicated stocking program that has seen 45,000 baby trout cod fingerlings released into the lakes since 2008.
Prior to the opening of the fisheries, anglers were required to return trout cod to the water if caught.
“Creating Australia’s first trout cod fishery makes our state an even better place to wet a line with the kids, family and friends,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.
“More recreational fishers will mean more jobs and support for local businesses in Beechworth and across Victoria.”
Mr Andrews also announced $1 million worth of new recreational fishing projects which will be funded by fishing licence fees and provide more recreational fishing opportunities for beginners and experts alike, whether they fish in lakes, rivers, bays or offshore.
“Recreational fishing is a great family pastime and contributes $2.3 billion to our communities,” said Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford.
“The 17 new recreational fishing projects announced today will help us boost angler numbers towards one million. It’s great news for our anglers.”
The Labor Government’s Target One Million plan – which envisions boosting fish stocks from three to five million per annum – will also improve fishing and boating facilities and promote the great pastime of recreational fishing.
“Our Target One Million plan will give local families better opportunities to spend more time together outdoors,” said Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes.