FREE OPEN DAYS AT SNOBS CREEK HATCHERY

The Snobs Creek hatchery built by the Andrews Labor Government will be opening its doors during the school holidays – welcoming visitors to free open days on July 11 and 12.

The two open days will provide keen freshwater anglers, locals and tourists with the perfect opportunity to learn about how their fish are produced.

Funded by recreational fishing license fees and the Labor Government’s Target One Million plan, the team at Snobs Creek have grown a record number of Murray cod for stocking last summer and it is the home of trout production for Victoria’s huge state-wide stocking program.

The hatchery played a huge part in stocking over 6 million fish in 2018 and will be pivotal in achieving the ambitious Target One Million commitment to stock 10 million by 2022.

The open days provide a rare, behind-the-scenes view into the hatchery, where visitors can talk directly with expert Fisheries staff about the process of growing your trout, salmon and native fish.

The open days will include family-oriented activities with prizes to be won and plenty on offer for kids of all ages, including fishing activities run by our education officers, casting clinics, and even a movie theatre to see how fish were once produced back in the day.

Food will be available for purchase from the local Lions Club onsite.

The hatchery will be open from 10am to 2pm, Thursday 11 July and Friday 12 July at 455 Goulburn Valley Highway, Eildon.

For more information visit www.vfa.vic.gov.au/snobsopenday

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“We’re encouraging people to come along to see first-hand how fish are bred, fed, sorted and loaded into customised stocking trucks for release into waterways across the state to make your fishing even better.”

“We’re making freshwater fishing even better in Victoria – and this is a fantastic way to see the great work the team at Snobs Creek hatchery do.”