Recreational anglers who buy a 1 or 3-year Victorian fishing licence online will receive a plastic licence in the mail under new arrangements that will commence on 1 November, 2015.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said the new plastic format for longer term licences will be more durable and reduce the need for anglers to replace water damaged, or worn, paper licences.
Licence retailers, including bait and tackle shops, will still sell 1 and 3-year fishing licences, and the shorter 2-day and 28-day options, however all four formats will remain paper-based when bought over the counter.
This new online option provides anglers with a choice about their preferred licence format and should reduce the burden on retailers, especially during peak summer holiday periods.
Plastic licences will arrive in the mail within seven days of purchase and an emailed equivalent will provide immediate coverage so anglers can fish immediately.
Around 40 per cent of Victorian recreational fishing licences are purchased online, with the increasing use of smartphones making it a convenient option for many anglers.
All revenue from the sale of recreational fishing licences continue to support projects that improve fishing opportunities such as stocking, fish habitat improvement and better access and facilities.
A popular pastime, recreational fishing currently contributes $2.3 billion to our social and economic well-being.
The Andrews Labor Government’s Target One Million plan aims to get more people fishing, more often.
Under the plan, fish stocking will increase from three to five million fish per year, attracting more visitors to our regions for new fishing opportunities, boosting local economies and helping businesses grow and create jobs.
It will also grow participation to one million anglers by 2020, strengthen angling club membership and provide the Better Fishing Fund to develop new recreational fishing reefs, improve boat launching facilities and support better access to waterways.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford
“The new plastic fishing licence offers keen anglers the choice of buying a more durable format that will better cope with moisture prone environments such as tackle boxes and aboard vessels.”
“We’re creating better fishing opportunities to attract more visitors to fishing destinations across the state, boosting local economies and supporting local businesses.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020