Inland anglers on notice this Easter

ANGLERS are urged to comply with catch limits as fisheries officers target unlawful inland recreational fishing over the Easter period.

As part of Operation Radius, Fisheries Victoria compliance officers will be out in force to ensure recreational anglers are complying with all fishing rules.

Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said the officers would be on the lookout as an influx of inland anglers arrived from the Easter weekend until after Anzac Day.

"Traditionally, large numbers of anglers head inland during Easter to chase trout, redfin, yabbies, golden perch and Murray cod in Victoria's rivers and lakes," Mr Walsh said.

"A taskforce of Fisheries Officers will be patrolling these areas, conducting enforcement and education activities to ensure compliance with bag and size limits, equipment restrictions and licensing requirements.

"Anglers should expect to see Officers wearing full uniforms and driving marked vehicles, undertaking inspections from boats and the shore and patrolling less frequented waterways."

Mr Walsh said the government recognised the social and economic benefits of recreational fishing and was committed to ensuring its sustainable future.

"The Victorian Coalition Government's $16 million Recreational Fishing Initiative is helping to fund Operation Radius, as well as extra fisheries patrols after hours, during weekends and over public holidays.

"Extra Fisheries patrols along the Victorian coast in bays and inlets, estuaries and offshore during Easter will also be held to complement Operation Radius.

"While a majority of anglers do the right thing we need to make sure the unlawful minority abides by our fishing rules."

Legal recreational fishing equipment and catch limits are outlined in the 2014 Recreational Fishing Guide, available free from most bait and tackle shops and all DEPI offices.

Anglers can also download the free mobile phone app Vic Fishing.

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