Record Estuary Perch Stocking Expands to Marine Waters

Estuary perch have been stocked into marine waters for the first time in Victoria today at Lake Tyers where 25,000 fingerlings were released to improve fishing opportunities for recreational anglers.

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, said the Andrews Labor Government was committed to implementing a marine stocking program under its Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to grow participation to one million anglers by 2020 and get more people fishing, more often.

Today’s stocking complements the release of 5,000 mulloway fingerlings into Lake Tyers in October, which was another Victorian first.

A further 5,000 estuary perch were also stocked further east in the Bemm River today to boost populations and acknowledge the contribution made to the breeding program by brood fish collected from this waterway.

 

Today’s releases set a new Victorian stocking record for estuary perch of 173,500 fingerlings this season, up considerably from 107,000 in each of 2013 and 2014.

 

This season’s record breaking perch were shared across 12 waterways including the Werribee River (45,500), Devilbend Reservoir (35,000), Lake Hamilton (18,000), Melton Reservoir (30,000) and Albert Park Lake (15,000).

 

These stockings into freshwater lakes and rivers were funded by recreational fishing licence fees and Target One Million.

 

Estuary perch fingerlings released into Gippsland waters are the offspring of local parent fish collected with the help of volunteer anglers at Marlo and Bemm River earlier this year.

 

Using local strain broodfish ensures the stocking program does not compromise the genetics of wild fish.

 

We look forward to watching these fish grow as we monitor their growth and survival.

 

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green

“Lake Tyers now boasts Victorian biggest marine stocking effort with year one of this two year trial resulting in the release of 25,000 estuary perch fingerlings and 5,000 mulloway fingerlings.”

“Victoria is home to 838,000 recreational fishers. By working with fishers to boost fish stocks, support local clubs and improve access and facilities, this Government will grow recreational fishing and get more families outdoors.”

Quotes attributable to Lake Tyers Beach Angling Club President, John Harrison

“We have long advocated for estuary perch to be stocked into Lake Tyers and are delighted with this outcome.”