Victorian Fisheries Authority To Cast Jobs Net

Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, today joined commercial and recreational fishers in Queenscliff to kick off the establishment of the new Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA).

The new VFA will drive jobs growth and export in Victoria’s commercial fishing and aquaculture sectors.

It will continue delivery of the Andrews Labor Government’s recreational Target One Million initiative, aimed at getting more people fishing, more often.

Gail Owen, Order of Australia Medal recipient, was named as Chair of the new Authority, which will ensure the sustainable management of Victoria’s fisheries resources into the future.

Ms Owen has previously been an inaugural member of two boards and will provide strong leadership to establish the Authority.

Ms Pulford joined the Chair of the Authority to also reveal the organisation’s new logo.

Further information on the new Authority is available from http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/fisheries

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“This is an exciting time for fisheries in Victoria. The Victorian Fisheries Authority delivers on another election commitment and will create a strong driver for the creation of jobs across the commercial and recreational fishing sectors.”

“Our Target One Million initiative has stocked fish across the state and significantly improved facilities for recreational fishers.”

“We have released new aquaculture sites in Port Phillip Bay, improved Wrasse fishing license transferability and will continue working on options for commercial sales direct from fishing boats.”

Quote attributable to Victorian Fisheries Authority Chair Gail Owen OAM

“I am delighted to be the inaugural Chair of the VFA, and I look forward to working with all stakeholders and the community to ensure the sustainability of our precious fisheries resources.”