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Your fishing licence fees at work
on the Glenelg River
Research funded by recreational fishing licence revenue suggests fishing
for black bream in the Glenelg River will improve in the next year or two with
more legal size bream available.
Victoria gets top rating in new
Beer Lovers Guide to Australia
Victoria has the highest number of beer venues out of any state in the newly
released The Beer Lovers Guide to Australia, further cementing its reputation
as the must-visit destination in Australia for the beer savvy traveller.
Acting Executive Director of Fisheries Victoria, Travis
Dowling, said anglers could look forward to a greater
proportion of the black bream population being above
28cm because bream from a strong year class spawned in
2005-06 were now entering the fishery in large numbers.
‘This is good news for fishers who target black bream,’
Mr Dowling said.
‘This ability to monitor fish stocks and forecast fishing trends
has been made possible by volunteer angler diarists who collect
information during their normal fishing trips and pass it onto our
Fisheries Research Branch, based at Queenscliff, for analysis.
‘These angler diarists record how long they fish for, what
species of fish they catch, and the length composition of key
target species, which allows fisheries researchers to compare
the health of the fishery from year to year.
‘Victorian black bream stocks do not spawn successfully
every year and poor recruitment had occurred in the Glenelg
River system for nine years between 1985 and 1994.
‘However, in 1997-98 and again in 2005-06 there was good
spawning success and it is these two strong bream year classes
that have provided the bulk of catches over the last decade.
‘Black bream in the Glenelg River estuary range in age from
one to 29 years, but the strength of each age group varies
enormously, which is common for bream populations in Victoria.
‘Mulloway were also caught by angler diarists in the Glenelg
River, but less often than other species, with a recent catch rate
of one mulloway per three hours of fishing time. This catch rate
was similar to the 10-year average for the species in this water.
‘Mulloway caught by angler diarists ranged from 40 to 98cm
in length and from two to six years of age. They are a fast
growing species with few year classes present in the Glenelg
River at any one time.
‘This valuable information from angler diarists will be used by
fisheries managers to ensure our estuarine fisheries are managed
sustainably,’ Mr Dowling said.
For the full research report or to learn more about how fishing
licence fees are being spent to improve angling opportunities visit
Victoria is recognised as the centre of the micro-brewing
industry with write-ups of 33 breweries and 34 bar and
restaurants across Melbourne and regional Victoria included
in the guide, bringing Victoria’s total number of listings to 67
(New South Wales comes in second with 56 listings).
Written by a range of well-respected Australian writers and
beer connoisseurs, The Beer Lovers Guide to Australia profiles
Australia’s rich and vibrant beer culture.
The guide is the perfect way for visitors to learn about and
experience the Australian beer industry
Topics covered in the guide include the Australian craft beer
revolution, beer and food, the history of beer, tasting beer and an
overview of different beer styles. There is also a location guide
that lists Australia’s most passionate beer venues state by state,
making it an essential reference to plan your next beer adventure.
Breweries included in the guide include many tourist
hotspots: 2 Brothers Brewery (Melbourne), Bridge Road Brewers
(Beechworth), Bright Brewery (Bright), Carlton Brewhouse
(Melbourne), Coldstream Brewery (Yarra Valley), Flying Horse Bar
& Brewery (Great Ocean Road), Grand Ridge brewery
(Gippsland), Holgate Brewhouse (Macedon Ranges), Mildura
Brewery (Mildura), Mountain Goat (Richmond), James Squire
Brewhouse (Melbourne), White Rabbit Brewery (Healesville), Red
Hill Brewery (Mornington Peninsula) and Tooborac Hotel
(Goldfields) amongst others.
Retailing for $34.95, The Beer Lovers Guide to Australia is
published by Scribal and is available at select breweries, bars and
bookstores. A companion iPhone app will be released shortly.
Admiring the catch – Glenelg River.
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