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Native fish hatchery to improve recreational fishing
« on: April 22, 2011, 12:22:12 PM »
Native fish hatchery to improve recreational fishing

Victoria’s new native fish production facility at Snobs Creek will significantly boost the supply of fish for restocking.

The completion of this $1.9 million project will allow for a significant increase in the production of traditional recreational fishing species such as Murray cod and golden perch. It will help replenish native fish stocks in our rivers and lakes and provide future opportunities for recreational fishing.

The new native fish hatchery will also expand the Department of Primary Industrie’s capacity to breed endangered fish such as trout cod and Macquarie perch.

The upgrades have seen a series of new ponds built to accommodate brood fish, three new plankton ponds for juvenile fish and an eco-friendly wetland for the treatment of effluent water. It also includes new state-of-the-art facilities for incubating and rearing native fish.

The new native fish facilities complement the trout and salmon production capacity at Snobs Creek. The Victorian Government has approved the allocation of funding to expand and upgrade the Snobs Creek trout hatchery.

About $218,000 has been allocated from revenue raised through the sale of recreational fishing licences to buy fish tanks, a fish counter and fish grader as well as increasing water flow and oxygen supply to the salmonid hatching house.

The funds will also be used to secure the supply of up to 140,000 yearling trout (mainly brown trout) to stock drought recovery waters over the next two years.

Source: Victoria Fisheries Dept

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