Victoria's first ever barramundi recreational fishery
Update 6 February 2017
From 1 March 2017, a permit (obtained via the ballot) will not be required to fish from a boat in Hazelwood Pondage.
This will simplify access and provide more people with a chance to catch a barra.
The barra ballot closed on 14 December 2016 with over 25,000 registrations received.
Successful and non-successful applicants for stage 2 of the ballot (January 2017) were notified by Australia Post mail and/or email before 23 December 2016. The ballot for February 2017 were advised in the first half of January 2017.
The fishery opened in December 2016 and catches of barramundi over 80 cm have been reported.
For more information see the frequently asked questions.
Community fishing weekend
In February 2017, a weekend event was held to celebrate the Hazelwood barramundi fishery.
Permits were not required to fish from boats that weekend.
Close to 500 people attended over the two days and enjoyed a range of activities including:
- Fishcare 'learn to fish' clinics, live barra on display,
- Marine & Freshwater Discovery Centre's education trailer
- jumping castle
- balloon entertainment
- free giveaways from Fisheries and Marine Safety Victoria.
Food vans ensured everyone could grab a coffee and a bite to eat.
The event was a partnership between the Latrobe City Council, ENGIE, the Latrobe Valley Yacht Club and Fisheries Victoria.
Barramundi are among the most prized recreational sport fish in Australia. Every year thousands of recreational fishers travel to tropical Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia to catch a big fighting barramundi.
As part of a State Government's Target One Million plan, Fisheries Victoria has developed a barramundi recreational fishery at the privately owned Hazelwood Pondage, near Morwell in the Latrobe Valley.
Early barramundi stocking results in the Pondage showed excellent growth rates. Fisheries Victoria established a Hazelwood barramundi working group with local and state representative fishers, land owners and the Latrobe City Council. The working group provides advice to Fisheries Victoria on managing the fishery including; fishing regulations, upgrading facilities, managing fishing participation levels and minimising impact of other user groups e.g. sailing clubs, swimmers.