The Victorian Fisheries Authority has written to property owners along the Goulburn River to explore their interest in voluntary soil and water testing as part of a site selection process for a new native fish hatchery.
Authority chief executive Travis Dowling said the Victorian Government committed to building a new hatchery at the election as part of its $34million Target One Million plan to get more people fishing, more often.
‘‘We grow lots of Murray cod at our Snobs Creek hatchery near Eildon but a hatchery near Shepparton would be warmer and better suited to growing a wider variety of species including golden perch, freshwater catfish and more Murray cod,’’ Mr Dowling said.
The new hatchery was expected to need an area of up to 100ha and will employ 12 full-time staff.
It will also include a visitor centre to attract tourists and boost the regional economy.