In Victoria, many agencies invest significant resources in river and riparian rehabilitation activities and research, as well as fish stocking and enforcement. These agencies need information on the status of native fish populations to inform management, policy and future research. However, up to now, relevant data on key species has not been collected and/or shared in a way that agencies and recreational fishers can easily obtain. To provide more accessible information on the current status of native fish in priority rivers, ‘report cards’ have been produced on selected recreational and threatened non-recreational species.

The Native Fish Report Cards are brief overviews of fish populations, presenting survey summaries and three key indicators of the health of the fishery and its recreational fishing potential. These indicators are: evidence of recent recruitment to the population, presence of multiple size classes and presence of mature fish. Yearly fish surveys, conducted by ARI, record the numbers of fish caught, length and weight of largest fish caught, and the number and proportion of legal size recreational fish caught. Priority rivers and fish species were determined for each catchment management authority and Melbourne Water region following extensive consultation.

Processing fish during a survey

These report cards can be viewed via the Native Fish Report Card website which includes a mapping portal and downloadable summaries for each species in each priority river. The website also provides other resources about waterway health and recreational fishing.

This project is a collaboration between DELWP, ARI, and the Victorian Fisheries Authority, in partnership with recreational fishing license holders.

The fact sheet below provides more detail on the project:

For more information contact: jason.lieschke@delwp.vic.gov.au or justin.o’connor@delwp.vic.gov.au

The Native Fish Report Card portal

Page last updated: 30/11/2018