Mulloway investigations

Improving the understanding of Mulloway movements through targeted surveys and recreational tagging

Mulloway are a key recreational fishing target and this project aims to build on a larger, statewide and cross-border project recently undertaken by Nature Glenelg Trust, through funding via Victorian Fisheries Authority.

This project identified the coastal zone and estuaries within the Port Phillip and Western Port region as an important area for Mulloway fishing, with a substantial number of recaptures occurring herein.

The project increases community involvement in monitoring and helps improve knowledge around the use of local waterways for fish refuge and breeding, and how this connects to the wider south-eastern Australian coastal area.

The wider Mulloway Tagging program requires $95,000 over three years to complete.

Extent and direction of movement of individual Mulloway based on recapture data

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Estuaries
Other Themes:Coasts, Marine Environments, Waterways, Native Animals, Communities
Primary Local Area:Port Phillip Bay
Other Local Areas:Western Port
Project location:The project will target recreational fishers who access the lower reaches of the Werribee, Maribyrnong, Yarra, Bass and Patterson Rivers and other coastal areas where recreational fishers express interest or can contribute to the project.
Scale of the project:Landscape
New or continuing work:Building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Melbourne Water
Key partners:Nature Glenelg Trust, Victorian Fisheries Authority, Arthur Rylah Institute
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

Opportunities for investors within this project start from:$$ (Tens of thousands of dollars)
Estimated scale of investment for full project implementation:$$ (Tens of thousands of dollars)
Estimated timeframe for full project implementation:2-10 years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:Fisheries – The diversity of fish species in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port is retained and their populations, including those targeted for recreational and commercial fishing, remain healthy and sustainable
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Support people take action for nature
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:

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