Angling club fisheries science
Evaluating fish stocking success at Lake Purrumbete and Bullen Merri through angling club records
Your fishing licence fees are funding research into fish stocking success at Lake's Purrumbete and Bullen Merri that will result in improved recreational fishing opportunities.
Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Purrumbete have a history of exceptional Chinook salmon, rainbow trout and brown trout fisheries. In 2012, Fisheries Victoria scientists reviewed past stocking and fishery performance of these lakes in order to help develop a new stocking plan and restore the premier Chinook salmon fishery. The findings of the study were presented to anglers, Lake Purrumbete and Camperdown Angling Clubs, VRFish and fisheries managers and used to develop a three year trout and salmon stocking plan. The study also highlighted the value of evaluating the new fish stocking plan by using angling club records in fisheries science.
In 2013, the Lake Purrumbete Angling Club applied for and received funding from the Recreational Fishing Large Grants Program to conduct a fisheries research project into the new fish stocking plan. Fisheries Victoria scientists were commissioned by the Lake Purrumbete Angling Club to complete the research
project which aims to evaluate the revised stocking plan and inform anglers and fisheries managers of potential further improvements to the fisheries. The project will rely on voluntary angling club records and an angler creel survey to measure fishery performance from the new stocking plan. The project
will run until June 2016 and the findings will be used to benefit recreational fishers.
For more information about this project please contact:
Fisheries Management and Science, Queenscliff
(03) 5258 0256