NSW and Victoria sign agreement on managment of Lakes Hume & Mulwala fisheries
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NSW and Victoria today announced an end to years of confusion over fishing regulations at two top fisheries on the State border - Lakes Hume and Mulwala.
Under a new agreement, fishing in Lake Mulwala will fall under the jurisdiction of NSW and fishing in Lake Hume will be the responsibility of Victoria.
Previously anglers had to contend with an imaginary line in the middle of both lakes with different licences and regulations on either side of the border.
For some time anglers have raised concerns about the need for two fishing licences to comply with different laws on different sides of the lakes.
Lakes Hume and Mulwala are the only major dams in Australia that have been managed by two States' fishing laws.
Mulwala is considered the premier Murray cod fishery in Australia and Hume has a mix of trout, redfin, silver and golden perch and Murray cod.
The same seasonal closures and bag, size and gear regulations now apply for the entirety of each of the Lakes.
Both NSW and Victoria will continue to use licence fees to enhance recreational fishing through stocking programs, habitat improvement, recreational research and compliance.
This agreement is the result of an extensive 18-month consultation process with recreational fishing stakeholders. It formally marks NSW and Victoria's firm commitment to the ecologically sustainable management of the Lakes as key recreational fisheries.
A joint State working group will monitor the implementation of the agreement.
The NSW and Victorian State Governments will continue to work together, and with the community, to protect and conserve the values of Lakes Hume and Mulwala.
The new arrangements at Lake Hume and Mulwala come into effect on 1 September 2004.
NSW recreational fishing licences can be bought from more than 1100 outlets, including major bait and tackle shops, NSW Fisheries offices, more than 50 Kmart stores, selected Shell service stations, over the phone on 1300 369 365 or online.
Victorian recreational fishing licences are available from many Victorian Department of Primary Industries offices, more than 950 retail businesses throughout Victoria, including most retail fishing tackle stores, more than 280 Shell Touch outlets or online at www.dpi.vic.gov.au.