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14
Nov
2018

Liberals back new hatchery in Shepparton to boost native fish stocks

A new fish hatchery in Northern Victoria will support the Liberal’s plan to boost native fish breeding and put more native fish into waterways around Victoria.

If elected, a Liberals Government will invest $7 million to build a new fish hatchery in the Shepparton region.

The Liberals are strong supporters of recreational fishing and the hatchery is just one part of our Nine Point Plan for Better Fishing Across Victoria.

When last in government, the Liberals invested an additional $16 million into recreational fishing projects, in addition to funds that were returned via the Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL) Trust.

With this extra investment, the native fish breeding and stocking programs expanded and have continued to grow.

At todays announcement beside the Goulburn River, Liberal candidate for Shepparton Cheryl Hammer said, “I welcome our commitment to a new fish hatchery to be built in the Shepparton district. It will create a new industry for our region, creating new jobs and boosting the local economy.”

Recreational fishing is one our most popular leisure time activities, drawing thousands of visitors to our region each year and the stocking of our waterways will ensure anglers continue to enjoy great fishing throughout the Shepparton electorate.

Victoria’s Snobs Creek fish hatchery is currently the only one in the state and was established to breed fish, including trout and salmon, in cooler waters.

The Shepparton region in Northern Victoria is the ideal location for the new hatchery due to its warmer climate.

This new hatchery will enable us to boost our stocking of Victorian-bred native fingerlings and on-grown fish in our lakes and rivers.

A new fish hatchery in Northern Victoria is supported by peak recreational fishing body VR Fish.

If elected, we’ll implement our Nine Point Plan for Better Fishing Across Victoria, which includes:

  1. Establishing the new Blue Infrastructure Fund, which will return all revenue from boating fees back into better boat ramps, car parks and other boating infrastructure,
  2. Free parking at boat ramps and no launching fees,
  3. A $30 million Fish Habitat Restoration Fund to restore native fisheries throughout Victoria,
  4. Developing a Bay Strategy 2040 to guide the recreational, environmental, commercial and tourism use and regulation of Port Phillip Bay,
  5. Working with key recreational fishing stakeholders to developing a Recreational Fishing Tourism Strategy for Victoria,
  6. Securing a sustainable future for the Gippsland Lakes with a voluntary buyback on commercial fishing licences and investigating restoration works to boost fish stocks,
  7. A new $7 million fish hatchery at Shepparton to boost native fish stocks,
  8. Exploring opportunities to improve access to existing fisheries, and new and emerging fisheries, and;
  9. Ensuring fishing licence fee revenue is being used for maximum benefit to improve recreational fishing.

We’ll make it a priority to work with the recreational fishing sector to develop plans for the future, to make sure our fisheries are as healthy as possible, now and into the future.

The $30 million Fish Habitat Restoration Fund will invest in marine, estuarine and freshwater habitat restoration throughout Victoria.

Recreational fishing and boating already makes a huge contribution to our state, particularly communities in Regional Victoria.

By boosting native fish breeding in Victoria with a new hatchery in the Shepparton region, we can decrease our reliance on interstate supplies, stocking more native fish and getting more people fishing.

When last in government, the Liberal Nationals invested an additional $16 million into recreational fishing projects, in addition to funds that were returned via the Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL) Trust.

With this extra investment, the native fish breeding and stocking programs expanded and have continued to grow.

With our Nine Point Plan a Liberal Government will deliver better fishing across all of Victoria’s waterways.

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