Victorian Treasurer Kim Wells pulled on some waders to help release golden perch fingerlings into Lake Eppalock last Wednesday.By Barbara Sungaila
It is not every day you see a politician wearing a business shirt and waders to work, but for Victorian Treasurer Kim Wells it was the perfect attire when he released 5000 golden perch fingerlings into Lake Eppalock last Wednesday.
Part of a $16 million boost to recreational fishing state-wide over four years, it is hoped increased fish stocks will attract some of Victoria’s 850,000 anglers to the district and bring significant economic benefits to district businesses such as caravan parks, shops, restaurants and pubs.
‘‘Lake Eppalock was Victoria’s premier golden perch fishery more than a decade ago, before the worst of the drought, and attracted local anglers from Bendigo and further afield including Melbourne,’’ Mr Wells said.
He hoped improved conditions would make Victoria a preferred fishing destination to other parts of the country.
A total of 400,000 fingerlings will be released into the lake over two years in a project funded by the Victorian Government’s recreational fishing initiative and from the sale of recreational fishing licences.
It is expected this will be supplemented by additional releases by local angling clubs.
The first of these fish are expected to reach legal fishing size by 2015 and those from previous releases, including golden perch and Murray cod, are available to catch now.
Fisheries Victoria fisheries management and science director Travis Dowling said the lake was currently a predominantly redfin fishery, with some Murray cod, and the re-stocking would change this balance.
Prior to the drought, 100,000 golden perch fingerlings were released each year.
About 60,000 fingerlings were released earlier last week, with the remainder of this year’s stock in the next two weeks.
At 28 cents for each fish, the cost of this year’s release is about $65,000.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
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It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
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Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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