codference-codRecreational 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 10 December.

Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO Travis Dowling said the free event is part of the State Government’s Target One Million plan for recreational fishing.

“The Murray Codference is a great way to share and celebrate all the wonderful work being undertaken by agencies and anglers to improve our native fisheries,” Mr Dowling said.

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, Robbie Alexander will talk about the Ovens River, John Cahill about cod culture and Marc Ainsworth about techniques to improve catch rates in rivers and lakes.

Other Codference topics this year will be broader than last, with more information about other popular native species such as golden perch.

In 2017, conference 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, and
· an update on the National Carp Control Plan.

The free Codference will be held at the Eastbank Conference Centre, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, from 9am until 4pm.

Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided.

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The event builds on the success of last year’s inaugural Murray Codference and the Talk Wild Trout conference, which is being held again in Mansfield for the third consecutive year on 11 November 2017.