MORE estuary perch fingerlings are making their way into lakes across the south-west.
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Peter Walsh said 46,000 fingerlings had been released into Lake Bolac (46,000), Lake Struan (9000), Lake Beaufort (1000) and Lake Pertobe (1000).
It follows the release of 4000 baby estuary perch into Lake Hamilton.
Mr Walsh said the said the State Government was continuing to improve freshwater fishing opportunities for the state’s 721,000 licensed recreational anglers.
“These stockings of estuary perch fingerlings, between two to five centimetres in length, will be of catchable size, which is 27cm, within three to four years,” he said.
“These perch stockings have been jointly funded by revenue from the sale of fishing licence fees as well as the Coalition Government’s $16 million Recreational Fishing Initiative.
“The Coalition’s Recreational Fishing Initiative is not only stocking fish but is also improving access and facilities, upgrading boat launching facilities, building new fishing reefs, undertaking more fisheries research and strengthening fisheries enforcement and education.”
Mr Walsh said estuary perch stockings into Lake Bolac were progressing well and some fish had already reached 20cm, most likely from a stocking in early 2012.
Full story in The Spectator on Thursday, January 2, 2014.