About the Native Fish Report Card Program

About the Native Fish Report Card

Native fish are valued by Victorians. The Native Fish Report Card Program is the first time that scientific fish population surveys have been used to produce report cards on important recreational and non-recreational native freshwater fish in Victoria.

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) and Recreational Fishing License Holders (through Recreational Fishing License Trust Recreational Fishing Grants Program). The Native Fish Report Card Program will initially provide $600,000 over three years to regularly inform anglers and communities of the results of scientific fish surveys.

The program will start by monitoring targeted recreational and threatened non-recreational species at 10 priority rivers. These priority rivers were selected in collaboration with catchment management authorities (CMAs), scientists and expert recreational fishers. Fish will be surveyed using targeted scientific methods (see 'The Data').

Here is a list of the target species for each priority river:
 

Priority River
 
Region
 
Recreational Species
 
Threatened Non-Recreational Species
Gellibrand River Corangamite CMA River blackfish Australian grayling
Glenelg River Glenelg Hopkins CMA Estuary perch -
Lower Goulburn River Goulburn Broken CMA Golden perch
Murray cod
Silver perch
Trout cod
Gunbower Creek North Central CMA Golden perch
Murray cod
Silver perch
Trout cod
Linday River & Mullaroo Creek Mallee CMA Golden perch
Murray cod
Silver perch
Mitchell River East Gippsland CMA Australian bass Australian grayling
Ovens River North East CMA Golden perch
Murray cod
Macquarie perch
Trout cod
Thomson & Macalister rivers West Gippsland CMA Australian bass Australian grayling
Wimmera River Wimmera CMA Freshwater catfish
Golden perch
-
Yarra River Melbourne Water Macquarie perch
Murray cod
Australian grayling


For more information on these and other species click here

 

Photo credit: the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research

Home page photo credits:  banner - Marc Ainsworth, Murray cod - the Victorian Fisheries Authority, anglers - Craig Moodie