Victorian fishers are now on par with those anglers living in NSW, with the state's premier Daniel Andrews announcing an easing of COVID-19 restrictions last week.
Up to 10 people are now able to participate in outdoor activities. While it is a step in the right direction, fishers are still required to keep 1.5 metres from others.
Victorian recreational fishing peak body VRFish welcomed the announcement and said on Facebook "we ask all fishers to be safe, cautious and vigilant when wetting a line".
Victorian minister for Fishing and Boating Jaala Pulford has confirmed that the activity of boating is also allowed under the new phase of restrictions.
According to VRFish, piers, jetties and boat ramps will also be re-opened in line with the easing of restrictions and says there is no restrictions on travel but overnight stays and camping in national and regional parks is not permitted.
Fishing competitions are still not permitted under the new restrictions.
Tagged Barra travels
SUNTAG, a recreational fish tagging and fisheries monitoring program in Queensland, has revealed a tagged barramundi has been recaptured after a six year, 1150km journey.
The fish was initially tagged and stocked into Bedford Weir at Blackwater on the Mackenzie River in 2014, measuring 170mm.
The tagged Barramundi was at liberty for 2008 days, growing 980mm before being recaptured in the Proserpine River at 1150mm.
Suntag said it's only the second barramundi in more than 30 years to have travelled more than 1000km.
Dollar for Dollar restocking
THE NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Dollar for Dollar Native Fish Stocking Program has returned, offering matching funding to purchase fish from registered private hatcheries for restocking into approved public waters in the state.
Angling and community groups, individuals, councils and other relevant organisations are encouraged to apply for the 2020/2021 program which is a well supported initiative to help recover our recreational fisheries.
Matching funds between $1,000 and $6,000 are available from the Recreational Fishing Trust to stock high priority recreational fishing species including Australian bass, golden perch and Murray cod, pending their availability.
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