Local trout numbers boosted

FISHY BUSINESS: Harriteville’s Brian Eddy is thrilled the upper Ovens River is set to be restocked with trout, which will be similar in size to the one pictured, from the Mountain Fresh Trout and Salmon Farm. PHOTO: Vanessa Burgess

KEEN anglers will soon be walking up and down the upper Ovens River in a bid to catch some of the 2500 mature trout, which will be released between Porepunkah and Harrietville, later this year.

Trout numbers in the upper Ovens River declined dramatically due to the fires and floods in 2013, and Bill Sykes (MLA, Benalla), Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley) and Australian Trout Foundation (ATF) and Harrietville local Brian Eddy, welcomed the good news last Thursday.

“This is good news and I am pleased that the number of trout approved for re-stocking far exceeded the number requested in the application from the Australian Trout Foundation (ATF) to Fisheries Victoria,” Mr Sykes said.

“The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) decided to stick with 2500 trout ,well above the requested number of 1500.”

Mr McCurdy said the lack of trout in the Ovens River had seen a loss in local tourism.

“A restocking program is important as these rivers are renowned by anglers far and wide for trout fishing and recreational fishing is an important tourism and economic driver in this region,” he said.

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