Marco Iglesias with his recent catch of squid.

My big catch

October 17, 2019 BY

State government seeking feedback on proposed fishing regulations

The Victorian Government is seeking public feedback on proposed regulatory changes that will benefit the fishing and aquaculture sectors of the state.

The Fisheries Regulations 2019 are designed to ensure effective and efficient management of the state’s fish resources and support a productive aquaculture industry for the next 10 years.

Victorian Fisheries Authority chief executive officer Travis Dowling has encouraged anglers, commercial fishers, seafood producers and the community to have their say on the proposed laws that apply to the Indigenous, recreational and commercial sectors.

“We know Victorians love their seafood and fishing, so we’re asking everyone to get involved by providing valuable information and perspectives that can help shape and improve their experience in Victoria,” Mr Dowling said.

The Department of Transport and the Victorian Fisheries Authority have jointly developed the proposed regulations following consultation with key stakeholders.

Proposed changes include changes to size and bag limits for some species and permitting additional types of equipment that can be used.

The Victorian Government is also working to improve opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in recreational fishing, and the proposed regulations will provide an exemption from the requirement to purchase and hold a recreational fishing licence.

All submissions in relation to the proposed regulations will be considered before the Minister for Fishing and Boating makes a final decision on whether to proceed with the proposed regulations.

To have your say or for more information, head to getinvolved.transport.vic.gov.au/fishreg2019.

 

I would also like to remind everyone to keep sending photos of your big catch. Please forward images to mybigcatch@bigpond.com along with the type of fish, weight, length, location and your name in the body of the email.

 

Also, if you see or suspect illegal fishing activity any time over summer, phone the 24-hour reporting line 13 FISH (13 34 74).

 

Fishing Reports

 

Anglesea

 

Salmon still being caught off local beaches

The odd reports of some pinkies being caught

Reports of some flathead still being caught offshore

A few whiting also being caught

Thanks to the Rusty Angling Club Anglesea    

 

Barwon Heads    

 

Reports of snapper and pinkies offshore

The occasional gummy shark has been reported

Some flathead catches have been reported

Some whiting, trevally and salmon in the Barwon River

Most local beaches are still reporting catches of salmon

 

 

 

 

Torquay

 

King George whiting reports in close

Pinkies and some snapper offshore

Flathead also being reported

Salmon being caught off local beaches continue

The odd gummy shark or schoolie are still being reported

Spring Creek sees fishing for bream continue

Reports of some trout being reported at Bullen Merri

Thanks to the Torquay Angling club

 

Queenscliff

 

St Leonards is still seeing reports of King George whiting, flathead and squid

Reports from Clifton Springs show a few whiting, flathead and some good calamari

Queenscliff reports whiting, flathead, pinkies and some good squid catches

The Creek is reporting the odd trevally and some salmon catches

Swan Bay is still producing reports of calamari and whiting

Point Lonsdale is reporting continuous catches of trevally and salmon, as well as squid off the pier

The White Lady is seeing few whiting, with reports of some nice calamari

Indented Head has seen reports of flathead, King George whiting and calamari

 

Club Corner

 

Bellarine Pirates is holding its Annual Squid Challenge over 10 days from this Friday until October 27. $10 entry and all prizes are mystery weights, and trophies for heaviest in categories for adults, juniors and nippers. Comp HQ is Clifton Springs Boat Harbour. For more details, phone Phil on 0411 215 146.

 

Remember

 

If you are an angling club and wish to let people know what’s going on within your club, email mybigcatch@bigpond.com and we will post your club news here.