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Get ready to wet the fishing line

By Riverine Herald

LOCAL anglers and conservationists will be kept up-to-date on the health of native fish in Gunbower River thanks to a new Native Fish Report Card.

Funded by the Labor Government, the report card offers insight into the health of the state’s waterways and native fish numbers.

Gunbower River is one of 10 priority rivers covered by the report card.

By heading online, fishers, citizen scientists and community members can access information about recreational and threatened non-recreational fish species updated with new fish population data every year.

“We want more Victorians fishing more often, which is why we’re investing in the Native Fish Report Card to provide the community information on where to go fishing and what they can expect to catch,’’ Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said.

“We can’t wait to see the benefits of our record native fish stocking and continued investment in snags for fish reflected in future report card results.”

The program is run by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Victorian Fisheries Authority. The report card can be found at nativefishreportcard.org.au