The June Meeting with Taylor Hunt

The June Meeting with Taylor Hunt

Taylor checking our cod population

The guest speaker for our June meeting, on Thursday June 20, will be Taylor Hunt, a scientist working with the Victorian Fisheries Authority. Taylor is currently completing a Ph.D. which is focused on the evaluation and improvement of fish stocking programs. He is a fisheries manager with the Victorian Fisheries Authority and loves all things fish, fishing and fisheries.

He spent eight years initially as a fisheries scientist working on a variety of recreational fisheries research projects, including conducting surveys on hundreds of waterways throughout Victoria, understanding trout populations in the high country, and assessing the success of fish stocking.

He has a number of scientific publications to his credit, including “Informing the Great Fish Stocking Debate: An Australian Case Study”, “The consequences of fish stocking density in a recreational fishery”, “The use of slot limits to improve the Victorian Murray cod fishery – a Consultation Paper”, “Evaluation of population decline and fishing sustainability of the endangered Australian freshwater fish Macquarie perch (Macquaria australasica)”, “When Stocking Equals Success!” and “Evaluation of a sport fish stocking program in lakes of the southern Murray-Darling Basin, Australia”, to list a few.

Taylor has spent the last six years working as a fisheries manager and is proud of helping deliver some great outcomes for Victorian recreational fishers, including establishing the Wild Trout Fisheries Management Program and Talk Wild Trout Conference series, introducing a slot limit for Murray cod, promoting more wildlife friendly yabby traps and restoring trophy trout in the Crater Lakes.

He lives with his wife Jodie, two boxer dogs and boat in Queenscliff and is currently spending every spare moment enjoying fishing before his baby girl arrives in July. Whilst Taylor absolutely loves all forms of fishing, he confesses to being a complete hack at fly fishing. Then again, he is a well-informed and passionate supporter of our Victorian trout fishery and is a very personable and entertaining speaker who will no doubt have much to tell us about the future of our trout fishery here in Victoria.

Mark it in your diary – Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Kelvin Club.

Please call our booking line 0498 254 497 and leave a message if you would like to have dinner before presentation.