The Australian Trout Foundation also has a newsletter called
ATF Update, circulated several times a
year which brings you up to date in detail about what has been happening
around the ATF.
If you would like to receive copies of this, please ensure your membership
details are current (especially your email address) and financial status
is up to date.
Mick Hall recognised for his work with
Mick Hall has recently been
awarded the "Jack Ritchie Medal" by the Victorian Fly Fishers
Association for his unselfish and untiring work with the ATF
for the benefit of trout fishers.
Mick is only the 7th recipient of this prestigious award in its history
with the first person to receive it being James Youl, the man responsible
for bringing trout to Australia. It was presented (posthumously) to his
grand-daughter in 1993.
an outline of the history of the Jack Ritchie Medal, please click here.
Lake Fyans Canal Gates
Following a successful grant application for
funding, the ATF has organised the manufacture of new gates to replace the
old dilapidated ones that were put in place about 30 years ago to prevent
fish escaping up the inlet canal at Lake Fyans. These new gates are made
of stainless steel and are currently ready to be installed. In an email
from the contractor on the 4th June, we were informed
"The gates are finished; they now
only need installing onsite and we are aiming for this to happen this
statement (in Part) - Introduced Recreation Fish Species: Salmon and Trout
"Generations of Victorians have enjoyed
catching salmonids (trout and salmon) in the state’s waterways. Not only
is fishing for salmonid species a popular hobby, it supports a large
industry in regional Victoria. While salmonid fish can impact native
aquatic fauna, they are an important recreational species that permanently
occur in many of our waterways. All aquatic life benefits from healthy
rivers and catchments, including good water quantity and quality, complex
food webs, appropriate habitat, and access for movement up and down
streams. Consequently there are joint benefits in managing waterways for
both native fauna and salmonid fisheries. In waterways where salmonids may
impact on the viability of important and highly endangered native species,
fish populations will be considered in the context of state and national
conservation legislation and policy, and appropriate management plans
developed in consultation with recreational fishers.
While native fish remain DSE's primary
legislative responsibility, it is common for DSE and CMAs to improve
conditions for salmonids as a consequence of restoration works aimed at
providing healthy waterways which assist in the recovery of native fish
populations. One such example of mutual gain is the more than ten years of
work carried out by the Goulburn Broken CMA along the upper Goulburn
River. While the CMA was using DSE resources to improve the general
condition of the river by fencing and revegetating the stream banks, and
by controlling willows, at the same time, the CMA was using resources from
the Fishing Licence Grant Program (managed by DPI) to improve access for
anglers and build artificial habitat works along the stream."
- It is also the intention of DSE and angling peak groups (including
ATF) to establish regular meetings to discuss relevant issues, be they
habitat reconstruction, endangered species and recreational angling
requirements and needs. The reason we say it is a big win for both
recreational anglers and the DSE is that this is the first time that such
communication has been implemented. This in turn will lead to a much
stronger relationship and understanding between all stakeholders.
For a clearer understanding, we encourage
you to read the full DSE statement - follow this link ...
Fisheries respond to ATF call for
state government to act on S.O.Y.R. Fauna & Flora plan.
As a result of lobbying from the
ATF to minister Peter Walsh and Fisheries Victoria, an email from
Anthony Hurst (Executive Director - Fisheries Victoria) to Rod Barford
(President ATF), said "Thanks Rod, We're taking follow up action on
this." - Keep watching here for updates on this matter.
The Shire of Yarra Ranges is anti-trout:
The Shire of Yarra Ranges has
developed an environmental (Fauna & Flora) plan which states that they are
opposed to trout in waterways within the shire. There are many flaws in
this plan that affect all users of the great outdoors, regardless of
whether or not you are a ratepayer of S.O.Y.R., a trout fisher, or some
other user. (The very first water in which salmonids were introduced
on mainland Australia was within this shire, so they have a major
historical importance as well).
Responses to the council's plan are to be submitted no later that 4th
April 2011. Please read it and have your say.
S.O.Y.R. Env.plan (download)
An Aboriginal Land Claim has been lodged on Paddy’s
Should this Aboriginal Land Claim be successful then the management and
‘ownership” of Paddy’s Corner will be vested in the Aboriginal Land Claim
nominees. Under this scenario, access to the river cannot be guaranteed. (read)...
Restocking hooks anglers more rainbow, brown trout
More than 187,000 trout have
been stocked into formerly drought-affected lakes and reservoirs across
Have your say
on "East Gippsland Fisheries Management Plan"
Fisheries Victoria is encouraging fishers and other stakeholders to
contribute their ideas on the
Draft East Gippsland Fishery Management Plan
which has been released for public comment.
Brumby government releases its "Outdoors" election
It will be very interesting to
see what the coalition parties comes up with.
ALP "Outdoors" Policy Paper
(click on links)
Fisheries Victoria and the Australian Trout
Foundation Working together to enhance our Trout fishery....
Following the drought breaking winter and spring rains,
many of the lakes in our Western district are now full again; several for
the first time in almost a decade. There has been a big call for stocking
of these waters and this is underway.
Improved access for trout anglers in the north
Local and visiting anglers heading
towards some of North East Victoria’s most productive trout fisheries will
soon find approaching the rivers a whole lot easier.
Trout anglers unite to help save a highly endangered
native fish species......
Saturday 19th of June 2010 saw a
collection of zealous trout anglers working side by side with scientists
from DSE, The Arthur Rylah Institute and the Murray Darling Basin
Authority who gathered to reconstruct the bushfire affected area around
Leary’s Creek, which runs through Marysville.