Lakes Entrance is located in the exotic far east of Victoria and right in the heart of the large South East Australia fishery which stretches from the Victorian/South Australia border around to the Northern New South Wales and includes Tasmania.
This sleepy fishing town whose population explodes with sun loving tourists in summer is home to one of the largest and most diverse fishing fleets in Australia.
The Lakes Entrance Fishermen’s Co-Operative is the lifeblood of the industry in Lakes Entrance and was opened in 1968. Since then it has grown to become recognised as a strong leader within the commercial fishing industry across Australia.
Over the years the Co-Operative has diversified and formed various other businesses from its gear store which provide the local fleet with fuel, ice and essential fishing gear and equipment to its direct retail seafood outlet on Bullock Island in Lakes Entrance.
The Co-Operative has almost 70 members and services over 40 boats on a daily and weekly basis. 14 full time staff operate the facility with numerous local casual staff also employed throughout the year.
Over 80 varieties of fish are regularly landed at Lakes Entrance with the most common being tiger flathead, gummy shark and whiting. Seasonal varieties include Eastern king and school prawns in summer months while Bass Strait scallops are landed throughout winter and spring.
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