Victorians can get a better insight into the health of the state’s waterways and native fish populations following the launch of the Native Fish Report Card on Friday 5 October 2018.
The Native Fish Report Card program is a partnership between the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) with the goal of regularly informing anglers and communities about the state of native fish populations in Victorian rivers.
Funding for this program comes from the Victorian Government’s record $222 million investment into waterway and catchment health, recreational fishing licence fees and Target One Million, which is investing a record $46 million to get more people fishing, more often.
Fishers, citizen scientists and community members alike can access information about recreational and threatened non-recreational fish species through a web-portal that will be updated with new fish population data every year.
By monitoring fish populations at the following 10 priority rivers, the Native Fish Report Card will tell local anglers and conservationists about the health of key Victorian fish species:
Over the next three years this website will provide valuable information on the condition of native fish species and is the first Victorian program to do so. Once the dataset is strengthened with further years of data, we can start to investigate trends in fish populations.
The Native Fish Report Card contributes to Water for Victoria Action 3.9 "Improve knowledge and information about waterways and catchments".
Through Water for Victoria, the Victorian Government is committed to improving information about our waterways and catchments and better reporting back to communities.
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