Target One Million - Growing recreational fishing

Photograph of Macquarie perch prior to being released in Expedition Pass Reservoir.Recreational fishing contributes $2.3 billion to the economic wellbeing of Victoria.

The State Government is committed to delivering its $46 billion Target One Million plan for recreational fishing which aims to get more people fishing more often, and increase participation to one million anglers by 2020.

Target One Million will:

  • encourage recreational fishing in Victoria
  • get families outdoors – fishing together
  • boost local economies 
  • create jobs.

A wide range of projects are being delivered to achieve these goals, including:

  • banning commercial netting in Port Phillip Bay
  • saving Lake Toolondo
  • establishing a marine stocking program
  • opening trout cod fisheries at Beechworth
  • stocking barramundi into Hazelwood Pondage
  • removing boating restrictions at Blue Rock Lake
  • providing $2000 grants to fishing clubs
  • increasing stocking from three to five million fish per year
  • banning netting at Gippsland Lakes' river mouths
  • establishing Fisheries Victoria as a Statutory Authority.

Want to know more?

Visit the Fisheries section of the Agriculture Victoria website to find out more information about Target One Million and recreational fishing.

Page last updated: 10 January 2017