This was sent to me by Tim Curmi from Native Fish Australia for comment and i am asking if any of the group have a comment.

I for one would like some more attention on blackfish.

 

Invitation to comment on Victoria’s Vic Fish Stock draft fish stocking plan for 2020-21 

Victoria is blessed with numerous waterways that provide a wide range of fishing opportunities. Many of these fisheries are reliant on fish stocking and every year the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) stocks suitable Victorian inland lakes, impoundments and rivers with key recreational angling species to create, maintain or improve fishing. Under the State Government’s Target One Million Plan to get more people fishing more often, fishing stocking numbers are being increased towards 10 million fish per year in 2022 to provide more fishing opportunities for anglers across Victoria. 

To ensure the best use of the fish available to the stocking program, the VFA consults annually with recreational fishers to discuss the performance of Victoria’s stocked fisheries and to develop the annual stocking program. Generally, consultation regarding fish stocking is undertaken at Vic Fish Stock meetings held around the state, but due to COVID -19 restrictions, the following draft fish stocking plan has been prepared and distributed for consideration by the recreational fishing community. 

The draft stocking plan aims to stock a record 8 million fish for the period of April 2020 to March 2021. The plan considers past performances of fisheries and includes forward thinking to grow key destination recreational fisheries across the state. The plan is based on Snobs Creek production targets and budgeted fish purchases and thus may be subject to change. 

Highlights of the proposed plan: 

  • Record 8 million fish to be stocked this year including o 2.1 million Murray cod 

o 3.7 million golden perch o 1.3 million salmonids 

  • 1 million native fish to be stocked into Rocklands this year 
  • 1 million native fish to be stocked into Eildon this year. Stocking has grown 
  • Pykes Creek stocked with a further 10,000 cod and 10,000 golden perch fry to consolidate initial stocking of 10000 in April 2020. 
  • Wimmera River golden perch grown up 80,000 to 300,000 
  • Eppalock golden perch stocking doubled to 400,000 
  • Blue Rock bass grown from 40.000 to 50,000 
  • Hume stocking increased from 50,000 to 80,000 brown trout and from 180,000 to 200,000 golden perch 
  • Kangaroo Lake goldens increased by 40,000 from 60,000 to 100,000 

Recreational fishers are invited to comment on the plan by emailing John Douglas, Fisheries Manager, Victorian Fisheries Authority: 

john.douglas@vfa.vic.gov.au 

Submissions will be close at 5.00 pm Friday 12 June. 

Submissions will be assessed for concurrence and consistency with fish stocking policy requirements and fish availability to create the final stocking program. 

Barwon South West Water Species Number Alexandra Lake (Ararat) Rainbow trout 600 Aringa Reservoir (Port Fairy) Brown trout 1000 Aringa Reservoir (Port Fairy) Rainbow trout 1000 Bannockburn Lagoon (Bannockburn) Rainbow trout 600 Beaufort Lake (Beaufort) Brown trout 1000 Beaufort Lake (Beaufort) Rainbow trout 1500 Bellfield Reservoir (Halls Gap) Brown trout 10000 Bellfield Reservoir (Halls Gap) Golden perch 70000 Bellfield Reservoir (Halls Gap) Murray cod 50000 Bellfield Reservoir (Halls Gap) Rainbow trout 20000 Bolac Lake (Lake Bolac) Rainbow trout 8000 Bostock Reservoir (Ballan) Brown trout 2500 Bostock Reservoir (Ballan) Rainbow trout 10000 Boyds Waters (Geelong) Rainbow trout 400 Bringalbert Lake (Bringalbert) Golden perch 5000 Bullarto Reservoir (Bullarto) Brown trout 500 Bullarto Reservoir (Bullarto) Rainbow trout 1000 Bullen Merri Lake (Camperdown) Australian Bass 5000 Bullen Merri Lake (Camperdown) Brown trout 5000 

Bullen Merri Lake (Camperdown) 

Chinook salmon 30000 Bullen Merri Lake (Camperdown) Rainbow trout 10000 Calembeen Lake (Creswick) Rainbow trout 400 Carpolac Lake (Carpolac) Golden perch 5000 Cartcarrong Lake (Winslow) Brown trout 1500 Cartcarrong Lake (Winslow) Rainbow trout 2000 Cato Lake (Stawell) Rainbow trout 600 Charlegrark Lake (Booroopki) Murray cod 5000 Cobden Lake (Cobden) Rainbow trout 600 Coleraine Lagoon (Coleraine) Rainbow trout 600 Cosgrave Reservoir (Creswick) Brown trout 1000 Cosgrave Reservoir (Creswick) Rainbow trout 1000 Dean Reservoir (Dean) Brown trout 500 Dean Reservoir (Dean) Rainbow trout 1000 Deep Lake (Derrinallum) Brown trout 1000 Deep Lake (Derrinallum) Rainbow trout 1000 Dunkeld Arboretum (Dunkeld) Rainbow trout 400 Elingamite Lake (Cobden) Brown trout 2000 Elingamite Lake (Cobden) Rainbow trout 1500 Esmond Lake (Ballarat) Rainbow trout 500 Ess Lagoon (Casterton) Rainbow trout 1000 

Fyans Lake Golden perch 30000 Fyans Lake (Halls Gap) Brown trout 10000 Fyans Lake (Halls Gap) Rainbow trout 20000 Gillear Lake (Allansford) Brown trout 1000 Gillear Lake (Allansford) Rainbow trout 1500 Glenlyon Dam (Glenlyon) Rainbow trout 400 Great Western Racing Recreation Reserve Lake (Great Western) Rainbow trout 200 Green Hill Lake (Ararat) Brown trout 2000 Green Hill Lake (Ararat) Rainbow trout 1000 Green Lake (Horsham) Golden perch 20000 Haddon Reservoir (Haddon) Rainbow trout 400 Hamilton Lake (Hamilton) Brown trout 2000 Hamilton Lake (Hamilton) Rainbow trout 1600 Hepburn Lagoon (Newlyn) Brown trout 5000 Hepburn Lagoon (Newlyn) Rainbow trout 5000 Hopkins River (Kent Ford Road Bridge to Mount Emu Creek) Brown trout 5000 Jack Emmett Lagoon (Rupanyup) Rainbow trout 350 Jubilee Lake (Daylesford) Rainbow trout 400 Jubilee Lake (Skipton) Rainbow trout 400 Konong Wootong Reservoir (Konong Wootong) Brown trout 3000 Konong Wootong Reservoir (Konong Wootong) Rainbow trout 3000 Lascelles Lake (Hopetoun) Golden perch 5000 Lascelles Lake (Hopetoun) Silver perch 20000 Lethbridge Lake (Lethbridge) Rainbow trout 600 Lismore Golf Club Lake (Lismore) Rainbow trout 400 Marma Lake (Murtoa) Golden perch 5000 Marma Lake (Murtoa) Rainbow trout 700 Merri River (Grassmere to Dennington) Brown trout 10000 Miga Lake (Miga) Golden perch 5000 Minyip Wetlands (Minyip) Rainbow trout 200 Moorabool Reservoir (Bolwarrah) Brown trout 20000 Moorabool Reservoir (Bolwarrah) Rainbow trout 15000 Mount Emu Creek (Skipton to Panmure) Brown trout 3000 Moyne River (Rosebrook to Toolong North) Brown trout 2000 Newlyn Reservoir (Newlyn) Brown trout 20000 Nhill Lake (Nhill) Rainbow trout 200 Old Hamilton Reservoir (Hamilton) Rainbow trout 400 Pertobe Lake (Warrnambool) Rainbow trout 900 Police Paddock Dams (Horsham) Rainbow trout 900 Purrumbete Lake (Camperdown) Brown trout 10000 Purrumbete Lake (Camperdown) Cheetah trout 3000 

Purrumbete Lake (Camperdown) 

Chinook salmon 30000 Purrumbete Lake (Camperdown) Rainbow trout 10000 Purrumbete Lake (Camperdown) Tiger trout 2500 Pykes Creek Reservoir (Ballan) Brown trout 5000 

Pykes Creek Reservoir (Ballan) Golden perch 20000 Pykes Creek Reservoir (Ballan) Murray cod 10000 Pykes Creek Reservoir (Ballan) Rainbow trout 30000 Quarry Street Reserve Lake (Trentham) Rainbow trout 200 Ratzcastle Lake (Kangawall) Golden perch 5000 Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral) Brown trout 10000 Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral) Golden perch 500000 Rocklands Reservoir (Balmoral) Murray cod 500000 Saint Augustines Water Hole (Geelong) Rainbow trout 1500 Simpson Recreation Reserve Lakes (Simpson) Rainbow trout 600 St Georges Lake (Creswick) Brown trout 1000 St Georges Lake (Creswick) Golden perch 1000 St Georges Lake (Creswick) Rainbow trout 1000 Taylors Lake (Horsham) Golden perch 100000 Taylors Lake (Horsham) Murray cod 50000 Tea Tree Lake (Mortlake) Rainbow trout 600 The Gong (Bunningyong) Rainbow trout 400 Tooliorook Lake (Lismore) Brown trout 5000 Tooliorook Lake (Lismore) Rainbow trout 5000 Toolondo Reservoir (Toolondo) Brown trout 10000 Toolondo Reservoir (Toolondo) Rainbow trout 10000 Upper Stoney Creek Reservoir (Durdidwarrah) Brown trout 5000 Upper Stoney Creek Reservoir (Durdidwarrah) Rainbow trout 20000 Victoria Lakes (Ballarat) Rainbow trout 1000 Wallace Lake (Edenhope) Brown trout 2000 Wallace Lake (Edenhope) Silver perch 1000 Wallace Lake (Edenhope) Rainbow trout 4000 Wartook Lake (Halls Gap) Brown trout 5000 Wartook Lake (Halls Gap) Rainbow trout 10000 Wendouree Lake (Ballarat) Brown trout 6000 Wendouree Lake (Ballarat) Rainbow trout 10000 West Barwon Dam (Forrest) Brown trout 5000 West Barwon Dam (Forrest) Rainbow trout 5000 Willow Lake (Hopetoun) Golden perch 5000 Willow Lake (Hopetoun) Silver perch 5000 Wimmera River (Jeparit to Elmhurst) Golden perch 300000 Wimmera River (Jeparit to Horsham) Murray cod 70000 Wimmera River (Jeparit to Horsham) Silver perch 50000 Wombat Reservoir (Daylesford) Brown trout 1000 Wombat Reservoir (Daylesford) Rainbow trout 1000 Wurdiboluc Reservoir (Winchelsea) Brown trout 10000 Wurdiboluc Reservoir (Winchelsea) Rainbow trout 30000 Yarriambiack Creek (Beulah to Warracknabeal) Golden perch 9000 

Gippsland Water Species Number Avon River (Stratford to Valencia Creek) Australian bass 5000 Bemm River Estuary perch 5000 Blue Rock Lake (Willow Grove) Australian bass 50000 Blue Rock Lake (Willow Grove) Brown trout 30000 Blue Rock Lake (Willow Grove) Rainbow trout 25000 Cann River Australian Bass 10000 Cowwarr Weir (Cowwarr) Australian bass 2000 Gippsland lakes Estuary perch 150,000 Glenmaggie Lake (Glenmaggie Australian bass 40000 Glenmaggie Lake (Glenmaggie) Rainbow trout 25000 Guthridge Lake (Sale) Australian bass 5000 Guthridge Lake (Sale) Rainbow trout 500 Heyfield Racecourse Lake (Heyfield) Rainbow trout 600 Hyland Lake (Churchill) Australian bass 1000 Hyland Lake (Churchill) Rainbow trout 2400 Latrobe River Australian bass 20000 Macalister River (Downstream of L. Glenmaggie) Brown trout 2000 Macalister River (Downstream of L. Glenmaggie) Australian bass 20000 Macalister River (Upstream of L. Glenmaggie ) Rainbow trout 5000 Macalister River (Upstream of L. Glenmaggie ) Australian bass 2000 Mitchell River (Glenaladale to Augusvale ) Australian bass 60000 Narracan Lake (Moe) Australian bass 5000 Narracan Lake (Moe) Brown trout 2500 Narracan Lake (Moe) Rainbow trout 3000 Rainbow Creek (Heyfield/Cowwarr) Australian bass 1000 Snowy River Estuary perch 5000 Snowy River Australian bass 50000 Tambo River (Bruthen to Haunted Stream) Australian bass 5000 Thomson River (D/s Cowwarr Weir) Australian bass 5000 Timbarra River (near Junction with the Tambo River) Australian bass 10000 Tyers Lake Estuary perch 5000 Tyers River (Wirilda Park to Caringal) Australian bass 2000 Valencia Creek (U/s Valencia Creek) Australian bass 1000 

Hume Water Species Number Allans Flat Dredge Hole (Allans Flat) Golden perch 2000 Allans Flat Dredge Hole (Allans Flat) Rainbow trout 2000 Allans Flat Dredge Hole (Allans Flat) Silver perch 5000 Amaroo Lake (Shepparton) Golden perch 1000 Anderson Lake (Chiltern) Golden perch 1000 Anderson Lake (Chiltern) Rainbow trout 1000 Arboretum Dam (Euroa) Golden perch 1000 Arboretum Dam (Euroa) Rainbow trout 600 Arboretum Dam (Euroa) Silver perch 5000 Banimboola Lake (Dartmouth Pondage) Brown trout 3000 Banimboola Lake (Dartmouth Pondage) Rainbow trout 3000 Bartlett Lake (Tatura) Golden perch 500 Bartlett Lake (Tatura) Rainbow trout 300 Boosey Creek (Katamatite) Golden perch 10000 Boosey Creek (Katamatite) Murray cod 3000 Boosey Creek (Tungamah) Golden perch 5000 Broken Creek (Dip Bridge to Nathalia) Golden perch 30000 Broken Creek (Dip Bridge to Nathalia) Murray cod 10000 Broken River (Benalla Lake to Nillahcootie) Golden perch 30000 Broken River (Benalla Lake to Nillahcootie) Murray cod 20000 Broken River ( Benalla to Shepparton) Golden perch 20000 Broken River ( Benalla to Shepparton) Murray cod 20000 Buffalo Lake (Dandongadale) Brown trout 4000 Buffalo Lake (Dandongadale) Golden perch 20000 Buffalo Lake (Dandongadale) Murray cod 30000 Corryong-Jerimal Creek Murray cod 2500 Craigmuir Lake (Mooroopna) Golden perch 1000 Cudgewa Creek Murray cod 2500 Eildon Lake (Eildon) Brown trout 100000 Eildon Lake (Eildon) Golden perch 500000 Eildon Lake (Eildon) Murray cod 500000 Eildon Lake (Eildon) Rainbow trout 50000 Eildon Pondage Weir (Eildon) Brown trout 1000 Eildon Pondage Weir (Eildon) Rainbow trout 1000 Eildon Pondage Weir (Eildon) Rainbow trout 14000 Eldorado Dredge Hole (Eldorado) Golden perch 5000 Eldorado Dredge Hole (Eldorado) Silver perch 2000 Felltimber Creek Wetlands (Wodonga) Rainbow trout 1200 Glenrowan Rec Reserve Golden perch 1000 Glenrowan Rec Reserve Rainbow trout 1000 Golf Course Dam (Longwood) Rainbow trout 600 Goulburn River (Goulburn Weir to Seymour, including Nagambie) Golden perch 200000 Goulburn River (Goulburn Weir to Seymour, including Nagambie) Murray cod 100000 

Goulburn River (Below Goulburn Weir to Yambuna) Golden perch 60000 Goulburn River (Below Goulburn Weir to Yambuna) Murray cod 40000 Goulburn River (Eildon to Molesworth) Brown trout 10000 

Goulburn River (Trawool) 

Macquarie perch 5000 Goulburn River (Trawool) Trout cod 10000 Hume Lake (Tallangatta) Brown trout 80000 Hume Lake (Tallangatta) Golden perch 200000 Hume Lake including Mitta River (Tallangatta) Murray cod 100000 Kerferd Lake (Beechworth) Golden perch 2000 Kialla Lakes (Shepparton) Golden perch 3000 Kiewa River (Baranduda to Dederang) Murray cod 10000 Les Stone Park Lake (Wodonga) Rainbow trout 600 Lowanna Lake (Shepparton) Golden perch 500 Marysville Lake Rainbow trout 1350 Meriwa Park Rainbow trout 400 Meriwa Park Silver perch 1000 Moodemere Lake (Rutherglen) Golden perch 10000 Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake (Mooroopna) Rainbow trout 300 Mount Beauty Pondage (Mount Beauty) Brown trout 1000 Mount Beauty Pondage (Mount Beauty) Rainbow trout 3000 Nillahcootie Lake (Barjarg) Golden perch 30000 Nillahcootie Lake (Barjarg) Murray cod 20000 Ovens River (downstream Wangaratta) Golden perch 50000 

Ovens River (Oxley Flats to Rocky Point) 

Macquarie perch 5000 Sambell Lake (Beechworth) Golden perch 5000 Sambell Lake (Beechworth) Rainbow trout 900 Seven Creeks (Euroa) Golden perch 4000 Stanley Ditch Dam (Stanley) Golden perch 1000 Stanley Ditch Dam (Stanley) Rainbow trout 1000 Stanley Ditch Dam (Stanley) Silver perch 5000 Sumsion Gardens Lake (Wodonga) Rainbow trout 800 Tronoh (Top) Harrietville Dredge Hole (Harrietville) Rainbow trout 800 Upper Sandy Creek Dam (Upper Sandy Creek) Brown trout 1000 Upper Sandy Creek Dam (Upper Sandy Creek) Rainbow trout 1500 Upper Sandy Creek Dam (Upper Sandy Creek) Silver perch 5000 Victoria Lake (Shepparton) Golden perch 5000 Victoria Lake (Shepparton) Murray cod 1000 Victoria Lake (Shepparton) Rainbow trout 1500 Victoria Lake (Shepparton) Silver perch 5000 William Hovell Lake (Cheshunt South) Brown trout 5000 William Hovell Lake (Cheshunt South) Rainbow trout 10000 

Loddon Mallee Water Species Number Avoca River (Charlton to Natte Yallock) Golden perch 20000 Avoca River (Charlton to Natte Yallock) Murray cod 10000 Barkers Creek Reservoir (Harcourt) Brown trout 10000 Barkers Creek Reservoir (Harcourt) Golden perch 10000 Barkers Creek Reservoir (Harcourt) Murray cod 10000 Bealiba Reservoir (Bealiba) Golden perch 5000 Big Meran Lake (Meering) Golden perch 10000 Big Meran Lake (Meering) Murray cod 10000 Boga Lake (Lake Boga) Golden perch 50000 Boga Lake (Lake Boga) Murray cod 15000 Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon) Brown trout 25000 Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon) Golden perch 100000 Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon) Murray cod 50000 Cairn Curran Reservoir (Maldon) Rainbow trout 50000 Campaspe River (Axedale to Rochester) Golden perch 70000 Campaspe River (Axedale to Rochester) Murray cod 50000 Charm Lake (Lake Charm) Golden perch 50000 Charm Lake (Lake Charm) Murray cod 20000 Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo) Golden perch 5000 Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo) Rainbow trout 900 Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo) Silver perch 20000 Cullulleraine Lake (Cullulleraine) Murray cod 6000 Eppalock Lake (Knowsley) Golden perch 400000 Eppalock Lake (Knowsley) Murray cod 80000 First Reedy Lake (Kerang) Golden perch 10000 Foletti Caravan Park Lake (Donald) Golden perch 1000 Foletti Caravan Park Lake (Donald) Rainbow trout 700 Foletti Caravan Park Lake (Donald) Silver perch 5000 Forest Lake (Kangaroo Flat) Rainbow trout 400 Forest Lake (Kangaroo Flat) Silver perch 10000 Goldfields Reservoir (Maryborough) Brown trout 2000 Goldfields Reservoir (Maryborough) Golden perch 5000 Goldfields Reservoir (St Arnaud) Rainbow trout 200 Goldfields Reservoir (St Arnaud) Silver perch 5000 Green Lake (Sea lake) Golden perch 10000 Green Lake (Sea lake) Silver perch 10000 Gunbower Creek (Patho to Spences Bridge) Golden perch 70000 Gunbower Creek (Patho to Spences Bridge) Murray cod 50000 Inglewood Reservoir (Inglewood) Golden perch 1000 Kangaroo Lake (Lake Charm) Golden perch 100000 Kangaroo Lake (Lake Charm) Murray cod 50000 Kennington Reservoir (Strathdale) Golden perch 1000 Kennington Reservoir (Strathdale) Murray cod 1000 

Kennington Reservoir (Strathdale) Rainbow trout 1000 Kings Billabong Golden perch 10000 Kings Billabong Murray cod 10000 Kings Billabong Silver perch 30000 Laanecoorie Reservoir (Laanecoorie) Golden perch 50000 Laanecoorie Reservoir (Laanecoorie) Murray cod 50000 Lauriston Reservoir (Lauriston) Brown trout 25000 Lauriston Reservoir (Lauriston) Golden perch 50000 Lauriston Reservoir (Lauriston) Murray cod 10000 Lauriston Reservoir (Lauriston) Rainbow trout 20000 Lindsay River Golden perch 20000 Lindsay River Murray cod 50000 Little Boort Lake (Boort) Golden perch 5000 Little Boort Lake (Boort) Silver perch 10000 Loddon River (Below Laanecoorie to Fernihurst Weir) Golden perch 100000 Loddon River (Below Laanecoorie to Fernihurst Weir) Murray cod 50000 Loddon River (Kerang) Golden perch 5000 Loddon River (Kerang) Murray cod 2000 Malmsbury Reservoir (Malmsbury) Brown trout 5000 Malmsbury Reservoir (Malmsbury) Golden perch 20000 Malmsbury Reservoir (Malmsbury) Murray cod 10000 Malmsbury Reservoir (Malmsbury) Rainbow trout 5000 Neanger (Bendigo) Rainbow trout 600 Neanger (Bendigo) Silver perch 10000 Ouyen Lake Golden perch 10000 Ouyen Lake Rainbow trout 500 Ouyen Lake silver perch 30000 Serpentine Creek (Duham Ox) Golden perch 5000 Serpentine Creek (Duham Ox) Murray cod 2000 Talbot Reservoir (Evansford) Brown trout 2000 Talbot Reservoir (Evansford) Rainbow trout 2000 Tchum Lake (Birchip) Rainbow trout 2000 Tchum Lake (Birchip) Silver perch 10000 Tchum Lake (Birchip) Golden perch 8000 Teddington Reservoir Bottom (Stuart Mill) Golden perch 2000 Teddington Reservoir Bottom (Stuart Mill) Rainbow trout 2000 Tom Thumb Lake (Eaglehawk) Rainbow trout 200 Tullaroop Reservoir (Carisbrook) Brown trout 20000 Tullaroop Reservoir (Carisbrook) Golden perch 100000 Tullaroop Reservoir (Carisbrook) Rainbow trout 50000 Upper Coliban Reservoir (Kyneton) Brown trout 25000 Upper Coliban Reservoir (Kyneton) Golden perch 50000 Upper Coliban Reservoir (Kyneton) Rainbow trout 30000 Victoria Lake (Maryborough) Golden perch 5000 Walkers Lake (Avon Plains) Golden perch 5000 Walkers Lake (Avon Plains) Silver perch 10000 

Watchem Lake (Watchem) Golden perch 5000 Watchem Lake (Watchem) Silver perch 5000 Wooroonook Lake (Charlton) Golden perch 5000 Wooroonook Lake (Charlton) Silver perch 10000 

Port Phillip Water Species Number Albert Park Lake (Albert Park) Golden perch 5000 Albert Park Lake (Albert Park) Murray cod 1000 Albert Park Lake (Albert Park) Rainbow trout 3000 Albert Park Lake (Albert Park) Silver perch 10000 Aura Vale Golden perch 50 Berwick Springs Estate Lake (Berwick) Rainbow trout 1500 Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne) Golden perch 1000 Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne) Murray cod 1000 Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne) Silver perch 1000 Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne) Rainbow trout 2000 Caulfield Racecourse Lake (Caulfield) Rainbow trout 600 Darlingsford Lake (Melton) Rainbow trout 1000 Devilbend Reservoir (Mooroduc) Brown trout 10000 Devilbend Reservoir (Mooroduc) Rainbow trout 25000 Don Lake (Healesville) Rainbow trout 800 Emerald Lake (Emerald) Rainbow trout 1000 Ferntree Gully Quarry Australian bass 1000 Ferntree Gully Quarry Brown trout 500 Ferntree Gully Quarry Golden perch 1000 Ferntree Gully Quarry Murray cod 1000 Ferntree Gully Quarry Rainbow trout 900 Garfield Lake (Garfield) Rainbow trout 500 Hanging Rock Lake (Woodend) Rainbow trout 700 Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin) Golden perch 1000 Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin) Murray cod 1000 Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin) Rainbow trout 6000 Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin) Silver perch 8000 Lilliput Lane Reserve (Pakenham) Rainbow trout 200 Lillydale Lake (Lilydale) Golden perch 5000 Lillydale Lake (Lilydale) Murray cod 3000 Lillydale Lake (Lilydale) Rainbow trout 2000 Lillydale Lake (Lilydale) Silver perch 5000 Maribyrnong River Estuary perch 100000 Melton Reservoir (Melton) Golden perch 30000 Melton Reservoir (Melton) Murray cod 10000 Melton Reservoir (Melton) Silver perch 50000 Navan Park Lake (Melton) Golden perch 1000 Navan Park Lake (Melton) Murray cod 1000 Navan Park Lake (Melton) Silver perch 5000 Navan Park Lake (Melton) Rainbow trout 1200 Nursery Reservoir (Macedon) Rainbow trout 500 Pakenham Lake (Pakenham) Rainbow trout 1500 Rowville Lakes (Rowville) Hutton and Hill Lakes Rainbow trout 1100 

Rowville Lakes (Rowville) Sutton and Hill Lakes Golden perch 1000 Rowville Lakes (Rowville) Sutton and Hill Lakes Murray cod 1000 Rowville Lakes (Rowville) Sutton and Hill Lakes Silver perch 1000 Roxburgh Park Lakes (Roxburg Park) Rainbow trout 800 Roxburgh Park Lakes (Roxburgh Park) Golden perch 1000 Roxburgh Park Lakes (Roxburgh Park) Murray cod 1000 Roxburgh Park Lakes (Roxburgh Park) Silver perch 1000 Spavan Lake (Sunbury) Golden perch 1000 Spavan Lake (Sunbury) Murray cod 1000 Spavan Lake (Sunbury) Rainbow trout 1200 Spavan Lake (Sunbury) Silver perch 1000 Yarrambat Lake (Yarrambat) Rainbow trout 2600 

 

Real Reel

This reel was part of my grandfathers collection and it was given to me when he died , its also worth noting given the time of year, that my grandfather was captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore in the second world war and spent the rest of his incarceration moving from Changi prison camp to the Burma railway and in the end the Americans found him in a coal mine in Japan and he was then liberated to Australia, he was a keen fisherman , I and my brother  spent many hours in a very small boat fishing the Murray , Broken , Wakati and all the other small rivers in the north of Vic .

He was a tough proud man and would not suffer fools, he was partly blind and his best mate was deaf , it was a delight to see them in a boat together.

 

Damn rocks

This video shows the wall of concrete and stone I have built around the front dam , this dam will give me about three or so megalitres to use through the dryer months,  I will put blackfish into the dam, I have already placed thirty odd shrimp into the dam for food for the fish, at night you can hear the frogs all around the dam so I suppose they or their tadpoles will also provide food for the fish.

Insects from the nearby trees should also provide food , and I will supplement their food with crickets and grubs and the odd worm .

In time i might invite fishers to come and fish for a blackfish and of course there will be a small entry fee.

Pond swamp 3

The pond is filling up nicely due to overnight rain , my policy is to use no chemicals or salt with these fish bacause if you look at the waters where they thrive the water is close to pristine and the water where they struggle not so much , first of all my stocking rates are low compared to a fish farm that is producing fish for consumption and my ponds are as close to natural as I can get them reeds weeds natural foods such as yabbies , crickets , moths , worms etc. seems to work.

Draining the swamp

Pond number three is getting ready for fish , this pond is the one I use for most of my yabbies  I have never had fish in it so now is its chance.

The black muck you can see in the net is ash from the fire  combined with dam sealer .

The blue drum has the aerator sitting on top of it so it doesn’t pick up the rubbish on the bottom of the pond.

Pond 1 action

This is a video I just shot at 11.20 am , the day is overcast and there is no wind , however these fish are more than happy to feed when there is food, some of the rivers and streams don’t have a great deal of in water food ie yabbies , I think these fish have become accustomed to feeding on insect and the odd worm that would wash in after rain, I have seen them stir up the bottom with their tales and then check in the cloud of detritus for something to eat.

enjoy.

 

Daytime blackfish

this is some footage I took yesterday , the tank these four blackfish are in is a cement farm tank that hold about 4  thousand litres of water , you can see these fish are actively hunter for food and no real aggression, that could change around mating time.

These fish are waiting to be fin clipped and their DNA tested to see if they are compatable with the fish in the Gellibrand system, if the test comes back good then we may be able to place them into a tributary of that system.

fishy e-mail

This is a copy of a letter that my local MP Dan Tehan sent to Sussan Ley and her reply.

I post this for comments .

 

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THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
MEMBER FOR FARRER
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The Hon Dan Tehan MP Minister for Education Member for Wannon
Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600
23 MAR 2020
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2 4 MAR 2020
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For Education
Dear Minister
Thank you for your representation of 23 January 2020 on behalf of your constituent Mr Stephen Mueller, concerning River Blackfish impacted by the recent bushfires in Victoria and New South Wales. The Australian Government shares your deep concern about the impacts of recent bushfires on native freshwater fish species. I apologise for the delay in responding.
In response to the devastating bushfires of the 2019/20 season, the Government has made an initial investment of $50 million to support the immediate work to protect wildlife, and work with scientists, ecologists, communities and land managers to plan the longer-term protection and restoration effort. I have also asked the Threatened Species Commissioner, Dr Sally Box, to convene an Expert Panel to assist in identifying priority recovery actions and developing a long-term wildlife protection and habitat restoration plan.
On 11 February 2020, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment released a provisional list of 113 animal species identified by experts as the highest priorities for urgent management intervention over the coming weeks and months. The animal species included are initial priorities – many others will also need management intervention to support recovery. The list includes 17 fish species, one of which is the River Blackfish (south western Victoria) (Gadopsis sp. nov. “Western Victoria). Two priority actions have been identified for all high priority species:
1. Rapid on-ground surveys to establish extent of population loss and provide a baseline for
ongoing monitoring.
2. Protecting unburnt areas within or adjacent to recently burnt ground that provide refuge, as well
as unburnt areas that are not adjacent to burnt areas, especially from extensive, intense fire.
Given that the work of the Expert Panel is still ongoing, there will be further announcements over the coming weeks and months regarding the emergency on-ground actions to be supported by the Australian Government. I refer you to the Department’s website for bushfire recovery at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/bushfire-recovery for news of these announcements.
Thank you for bringing Mr Mueller’s concerns to my attention. Yours sincerely
SUSSAN LEY
Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Telephone (02) 6277 7920

DAMN DAM

Some of you will know that I have had trouble keeping water in my dams so I decided to put a liner in the front one , I got the liner from Geoff Miller and I have to say so far they have been great to deal with, when I mentioned about the ground being a little rocky they suggested i cover the floor of the dam with used carpet, this was a little weird given i spent most of my working life laying carpets and vinyls and now when I need them I had none , so i returned to my former employers at Carpet Choice in Warrnambool and over about six weeks I found enough carpet scraps to complete the mission.

I would like to thank all of the workers at Carpet Choice for there patients over this time and a special thank you to Rowan who works in the cutting room of the shop.

So i flew the drone over it to show you, so here it is .

The blue drum on the bank is an aerator that will go back in after the liner is settle in the large rock with the concrete slab around it is a future BBQ areas , the rocks on the bank will hold the liner down .

when i take the drone up high you can see ponds 4,3,2 from left to right pond 4 has the fish that were first  going to Lake Mumblin them I was going to sell them now I am waiting on a geneticist to see if they can be returned to the Gellibrand where their parents came from.

the middle pond no 3 has no fish its where I get my yabbies for feeding the fish.

the last pond on the right no 2 pond has seven fish from the Gellibrand system that I am hoping to breed from so there young  can also go back to the Gellibrand to help that fishery that is in so much trouble .

Of course along the way I have learnt so much about the behaviour of these fish and now i am embarking on a trial to see if we can breed them in tanks , this is the forerunner to a hatchery.