Victorian recreational anglers can look forward to buying more locally sourced bait thanks to a family owned fishing business that is investing in a new plant already under construction at Lakes Entrance.
Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford was in Lakes Entrance and met with Mitchelson Fisheries who are set to expand their current bait producing facility, providing an additional three jobs.
The new plant will provide an economic boost for the East Gippsland fishing region and enable Mitchelson Fisheries to supply Victorian anglers with more than 300 tonnes of individually quick frozen pilchards annually.
Pilchards, also known as Australian sardines, are a popular bait amongst saltwater anglers for snapper, flathead and tailor.
Mitchelson Fisheries is a family run business and the biggest supplier of fresh Victorian pilchards.
Gippsland’s pristine offshore waters yield 2,500 tonnes of sardines and anchovies annually, significantly more than the 230 tonnes caught in Port Phillip Bay.
Mitchelson Fisheries operate several vessels across the fishing industry including purse seine and inshore trawl, distributing fresh fish to various markets in Australia and New Zealand.
Source: Vic Government