The Coalition Government has allocated over $1 million from funds raised through the sale of recreational fishing licences to various projects, including $186,000 over three years to determine the spawning sources, movement patterns and nursery area replenishment of King George whiting in south east Australia.
It is one of a host of initiatives state-wide to boost recreational fishing opportunities across the state and gain a better insight into key recreational species.
“Fishing is extremely popular throughout East Gippsland and this extra funding will further support local businesses that rely on the continued growth of this recreational activity,” said Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull.
“The Coalition Government is returning all money raised from recreational fishing licence fees to the industry for infrastructure projects, restocking and education programs and is in addition to the $16.2 million investment the Coalition Government made in this year’s State Budget to improve opportunities for Victorian recreational fishers,” Mr Bull said.
Other projects allocated funding under this year’s round of large grants include:
$130,910 over three years to assess and inform the future management of Victoria's short fin mako shark recreational fishery.
$34,000 over two years to install a further 40 'Seal the loop' recreational fishing line disposal bins around Victoria.
“In addition, another $228,000, over two years, will be earmarked for recreational fisheries communication products, involving the large scale production and distribution of a range of products that help recreational anglers better understand and voluntarily adopt good fishing practices and comply with fishing rules.
“This includes 300,000 copies of the 2011-12 Recreational Fishing Guide, 100,000 fish length rulers, 3000 abalone, rock lobster and spiny crayfish measures, 200 metal fish length rulers, and 17,000 'Know your (fish) limits' pocket cards in four different languages,” Mr Bull said.