New partnership to train fish farmers of the future

The Victorian Government has formed a partnership with GOTAFE to train the fish farmers of the future.

Together with the Government, GOTAFE has created a new, free Certificate Level 3 agriculture course to develop fish farming skills

The 12-month course will start on July 16 2021, with a two-day introductory session on July 8 and 9 enabling prospective students gain an insight into the course.

The course will focus on practical skills including fish feeding, breeding and harvesting, and releasing fish into the wild. A range of units will be taught on site at the new Arcadia Native Fish Hatchery near Shepparton and the Snobs Creek Hatchery near Eildon.

The Victorian Government is encouraging indigenous students to participate in the course and begin the journey to working at Arcadia.

Two graduates of the course will be offered at least 12 months employment at Arcadia.

Once complete, the Arcadia Hatchery will produce 1.6 million native fish each year and support up to 20 jobs on and off site.

The Government has committed $3 million to develop a visitor centre at Arcadia in addition to the $7 million to build the fish hatchery.

For more information on the Certificate Level 3 agriculture course, visit

Source: Vic Government