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New MAFRI Projects - Goulburn River Trout Research

The Goulburn River downstream of Eildon is part of a great system of trout fisheries within the Goulburn Valley. Since the introduction of trout fishing regulations, MAFRI has been studying the trout fishery to learn about size and age composition of the trout stocks in the river and the trout that anglers are catching.

In 2001, two new Goulburn River research projects will start.

The first will attempt to estimate the size of the 'catchable' trout population using a mark and recapture study. During regular winter electro-fishing surveys, research staff have tagged around 300 trout. Each of these were caught and then released between Eildon and the Breakaway Bridge and each fish now carries a plastic dart tag with a unique ID number.

MAFRI will attempt to estimate the size of the trout population by monitoring the proportion of tagged fish caught by anglers and in MAFRI recapture surveys. Anglers can assist by reporting all tagged trout that they catch in this section of the Goulburn River to MAFRI, Snobs Creek (ph: 03 5774 2208). Anglers should record the tag number and the length of the fish as well as the date and location of capture.

The second project revolving around the Goulburn River will study the relationship between the changing river height and the amount of suitable habitat that is available for spawning and juvenile rearing. This will help fishery managers understand why some years are better than others for Goulburn trout stocks and assist us to provide advice about appropriate flow management.

In addition to these two new projects, MAFRI has been working with the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) to design and install improved in-stream trout habitat. This is part of a much larger GBCMA project being funded by the Recreational Fishing Licence which has improved angler access to kilometres of riverbank by clearing dense willow thickets, fencing out livestock and revegetating riverbanks with native vegetation.

From Fish Fax Issue # 49

 

 

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