Lakes Entrance lands a better jetty

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FISHERS in Lakes Entrance now have a bigger, safer spot to wet a line thanks to an upgrade of Reeve Landing Jetty on Bullock Island.

Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO Travis Dowling said the $50,000 project was funded through the Recreational Fishing Grants Program, which uses fishing licence fees.

“Works were undertaken by Gippsland Ports, which has added a 6x4 metre extension to provide more space for fishers targeting the local bream, crabs and Australian salmon,” Dowling said.

Other features include new handrails and a non-slip base to increase safety.

The jetty provides easy access to the Gippsland Lakes, which will be returned to a recreational fishing mecca under the Draft Gippsland Lakes Recreational Fishery Plan.

The draft plan outlines six steps to enhance the health of the fishery, including fish stocking, proposed changes to bag and size limits for black bream and improved fish habitat and waterway health.

Removing commercial netting is also a key part of the plan and was achieved in April this year.

The VFA is encouraging fishers to read more about the draft plan and provide feedback during the consultation phase, which runs until October 28, 2020. The draft plan and more details are available at vfa.vic.gov.au/gippslandlakes

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