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Oh my cod! A whole conference on our favourite native fish

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November 09, 2017

Recreational anglers can learn about Victoria’s Murray cod fisheries and how to improve their own fishing success at the second annual Codference in Shepparton on Sunday, December 10.

Recreational anglers can learn about Victoria’s Murray cod fisheries and how to improve their own fishing success at the second annual Codference in Shepparton on Sunday, December 10.

Victorian Fisheries Authority chief executive Travis Dowling said the free event was part of the Victorian Government’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing.

Fishing guru and TV personality Steve Starling will present the keynote address on the native fish revolution and reflect on his personal journey with our most iconic native fish, the Murray cod.

To help anglers improve their own fishing skills and knowledge, speakers will include Robbie Alexander on the Ovens River, John Cahill on cod culture and Marc Ainsworth on techniques to improve catch rates in rivers and lakes.

There will also be information about other popular native species, such as golden perch.

Presentations will include:

●Flagship native fisheries and how we got there.

●Record native fish stocking.

●How fishing licence fees contribute.

●Native fish habitat.

●Native fish population surveys across 10 rivers.

●An update on the National Carp Control Plan.

The event builds on the success of last year’s inaugural Codference and the Talk Wild Trout conference, which will be held in Mansfield for the third consecutive year on November 11.

●The free Codference will be held at the Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford St, Shepparton, from 9am to 4pm on Sunday, December 10. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided.

●To reserve your free seat visit: www.vfa.vic.gov.au/codference2017

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