Major rivers in Victoria are to receive an annual check-up to monitor the health and status of recreational fish species.

Researchers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)’s Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI) will work with Fisheries Victoria to monitor native fish species in a selected river in each of Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authority (CMA) regions.

ARI Principal Research Scientist Jarod Lyon said: “The surveys will provide Victorians with accurate information about the health of our native fish and our waterways.”

“The information we gather in each check-up will inform the management actions we need to take to support our recreational fish species and the health of selected priority rivers within each CMA region across Victoria,” Mr Lyon said.

“We know that many Victorians, including anglers, are keen to know more about our rivers and this initiative will give them more information about fish recruitment, catchable size fish, waterway health and fishery values.”


Priority River

Target species

East Gippsland CMA

Mitchell River

Australian Bass

West Gippsland CMA

Thomson River (including Macalister River downstream Lake Glenmaggie)

Australian Bass

Melbourne Water

Yarra River

Macquarie Perch, Murray Cod

Corangamite CMA

Gellibrand River

River Blackfish

Glenelg Hopkins CMA

Glenelg River

Estuary Perch

Wimmera CMA

Wimmera River

Freshwater Catfish, Golden Perch

Mallee CMA

Lindsay River/Mullaroo Creek

Golden Perch, Murray Cod

North Central CMA

Gunbower Creek

Murray Cod, Golden Perch

Goulburn Broken CMA

Lower Goulburn River

Murray Cod, Golden Perch

North East CMA

Ovens River

Murray Cod, Trout Cod, Golden Perch

This work is funded under the $222 million investment into catchment and waterway health through the Victorian Government's water plan ‘Water for Victoria’ and the Target One Million initiative to get more people fishing, more often.

Murray Cod (Maccullochella peelii peelii), Trout Cod (Maccullochella macquariensis), Freshwater Catfish (Tandanus tandanus), Macquarie Perch (Macquaria australasica) are listed as threatened species in Victoria under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee (FFG) Act.