The Hon Peter Walsh MP
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security
Minister for Water
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Wednesday 1 January 2014Fisheries operation on Corio Bay starts today
A major enforcement operation on Corio Bay begins today to ensure all commercial and
recreational fishers are aware of Victoria’s fisheries regulations and are obeying bag limits and
legal catch sizes.
The compliance activity also coincides with the start of a major survey of recreational fishing
activity in the popular Corio Bay area.
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said Operation TEMPUS would see
Fisheries Victoria officers out in force on the water and at boat ramps during the summer to carry
out inspections and educate fishers about the Victoria’s fisheries laws.
“As part of Operation TEMPUS our Fisheries Victoria officers will intensify monitoring of
commercial and recreational fishing in Corio Bay to ensure all fishers are fully compliant with the
law,” Mr Walsh said.
“On top of these compliance activities, Operation TEMPUS will also have a strong education focus
which includes setting up the Fisheries Victoria marine education trailer at popular recreational
“The operation will remind people about the need to fish sustainably and responsibly in Corio Bay
and surrounding waters.
“While the vast majority of fishers understand and comply with Victoria’s fisheries laws, our
fisheries officers play a critical role in educating the community and combatting illegal fishing
through their enforcement activities.”
Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos said the education and enforcement actions would be
complemented by an $80,000 survey of recreational fishing activity in Corio Bay over summer.
“The survey will involve talking to fishers at boat ramps to assess the boat-based recreational
catch and effort in the Corio and Outer Corio areas of Port Phillip Bay,” Mr Katos said.
“It will then enable the Department of Environment and Primary Industries to model and compare
the recreational catch with the commercial catch over the last 12 years.”
Mr Katos was last week onboard one of three new Victorian Government patrol boats which will
strengthen Fisheries Victoria’s capacity to carry out enforcement activities this summer.
“The rigid hull inflatable vessel, which can travel at speeds of up to 45 knots (about 83 kilometres
an hour), is based at Altona and will playing a key role in Fisheries Victoria’s enforcement
activities on Port Phillip Bay,” Mr Katos said.
If you see or suspect illegal fishing, call the 24-hour offence hotline 13 FISH (13 3474).
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