A major enforcement operation on Corio Bay began last week to guarantee that all fishers, commercial or recreational, are fully aware of the fisheries regulations in Victoria.
The enforcement operation is also aimed at ensuring that fishers are obeying bag limits and legal catch sizes.
According to the media release issued by the Premier of Victoria, the officers of Fisheries Victoria will be carrying out inspections and educating fishers about the fisheries laws.
“As part of Operation TEMPUS our Fisheries Victoria officers will intensify monitoring of commercial and recreational fishing in Corio Bay to ensure all fishers are fully compliant with the law. On top of these compliance activities, Operation TEMPUS will also have a strong education focus which includes setting up the Fisheries Victoria marine education trailer at popular recreational boat ramps,” said Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh.
“The operation will remind people about the need to fish sustainably and responsibly in Corio Bay and surrounding waters. While the vast majority of fishers understand and comply with Victoria’s fisheries laws, our fisheries officers play a critical role in educating the community and combatting illegal fishing through their enforcement activities.”
According to Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon, a $80,000 survey of recreational fishing activity in Corio Bay over summer will also be conducted.
“The survey will involve talking to fishers at boat ramps to assess the boat-based recreational catch and effort in the Corio and Outer Corio areas of Port Phillip Bay,” Mr Katos said.
“It will then enable the Department of Environment and Primary Industries to model and compare the recreational catch with the commercial catch over the last 12 years. The rigid hull inflatable vessel, which can travel at speeds of up to 45 knots (about 83 kilometres an hour), is based at Altona and will playing a key role in Fisheries Victoria’s enforcement activities on Port Phillip Bay.”