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news release: fish-e-fax newsletter issue 323 by dpi fisheries division
Dated: 25 October, 2012
Murray River boat ramps

Fish-e-Fax Newsletter Issue 323...23 OCTOBER 2012

Better boat ramps for northwest anglers
Recreational fishers are set to benefit from upgrades to a number of boat ramps along the Murray River between Robinvale and Berribee.
Up to 10 boat ramps in urgent need of repair will be upgraded over the coming year as part of a multi-agency project which has already received widespread support from local anglers.
The ramps likely to receive the much needed upgrades are found at locations which are mostly along the Victorian side of the Murray River, such as Berribee, Lock Nine, Lake Culluleraine, Cowanna Bend, Kings Billabong, Danes Road, Hattah Kulkyne, Robinvale and Wemen.
The Victorian Government’s Recreational Fishing Initiative will fund the upgrades in conjunction with the Mallee Catchment Management Authority and Parks Victoria.
The Murray River in the Sunraysia region is very popular with Victorian fishers who enjoy catching Murray Cod, Golden Perch and Spiny Freshwater Crayfish. Many Victorian fishers and their families travel to the Murray River to camp and fish and the upgrades mean they will be able to launch and retrieve their boats with greater ease at these locations.
The initiative aims to improve angler access and facilities, stock more fish, install cleaning tables, deploy fishing reefs and strengthen compliance.
Fishing is a popular pastime for over 720,000 Victorians and supports regional businesses including hotels to bait and tackle stores.
If you have a suggestion about how to improve fishing access and infrastructure in Sunraysia then email your idea to Fisheries Victoria via improving.fishing@dpi.vic.gov.au.


Durham Ox platform

New Fishing Platform A Boost For Durham Ox
A new fishing platform and associated facilities on the Serpentine Creek at Durham Ox is improving fishing opportunities for recreational fishers of all abilities. $19,500 of funding for this project has come from the Recreational Fishing Grants Program.
It is an initiative of the Loddonvale Landcare Group and includes the fishing platform, associated fencing, an information shelter, signage and bollards.
Loddonvale Landcare has committed considerable time and money to the project including working bees to prepare the site and clean up after construction was completed.
The fishing platform caters for anglers of all abilities and is a great example of a small community working together with assistance from government to improve local opportunities for recreational fishing.
The Loddonvale Landcare Group is congratulated for their initiative and hard work in ensuring this project has been such a success.
The North Central Catchment Management Authority contributed $1,000 to this project for revegetation works with indigenous riparian species.
The Victorian Government is committed to supporting recreational fishing and rural communities by allocating funds generated from the sale of recreational fishing licences for projects such as this fishing platform.
Since it began in 2001, the Recreational Fishing Grants Program has funded more than 450 projects worth throughout Victoria more than $19.3 million.


Fishing for culture

Fishing for Culture
Fisheries Victoria would like to invite people from different cultures and who enjoy fishing to participate in producing a documentary called 'Fishing for Culture'.
Fishing is important to many different cultures for many different reasons and as such, filmmaker Amie Batalibasi is documenting some of the fishing stories from around the world.
We are looking for up to 8 people to share their stories including how their migration experience changed their fishing habits, what was fishing like for them before migrating and why fishing is important to them.
Visit the facebook page to learn more: http://www.facebook.com/FishingForCulture
Applications can be made online at: http://tinyurl.com/bmsnolo

The project is funded by Fisheries Victoria through the Recreational Fishing Grants Program.


Vic Fisheries Boat

Illegal fish netters caught under West Gate Bridge
Following a report to the 13FISH offence reporting hotline, a man and woman from south eastern Melbourne will be charged after being apprehended for allegedly using two illegal commercial fishing nets under the West Gate Bridge.
Fisheries Officers staked out the site, at the mouth of Stony Creek after a member of the public alerted them via the 13FISH reporting line that commercial fishing equipment was set in the waterway.
Stony Creek runs into the Yarra River just north of the West Gate Bridge.
A 62-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman were arrested as they were allegedly retrieving more than 100 metres of mesh nets from the water.
The two nets allegedly contained over 100 bream and many of which were under the minimum legal size limit of 28cm.
Commercial fishing of any type is prohibited in this area. The non-discriminate taking of fish using these type of nets can have a significant impact on future fish resources. The use of commercial fishing equipment by recreational fishers is also prohibited throughout Victoria.
The nets and equipment were seized and the couple will be charged on summons with using and possessing prohibited commercial fishing equipment.
Further investigation revealed that a third commercial net was possessed by one of the alleged offenders. The nets and vehicle used in the alleged offence were seized.
Anyone who sees or suspects illegal fishing activity is urged to call the 24-hour fisheries offence reporting line 13 FISH (13 3474).
For more information about the new regulations visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing or ring the DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
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