Time to reel in recreational fishing funds

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Time to reel in recreational fishing funds

Friday, 6 October 2017

Recreational fishing across NSW is set to receive a boost with applications now open for the next round of funding. Member for Monaro John Barilaro today encouraged applications under the next round of the NSW Government’s Recreational Fishing Trust Grants.

“Every year we see some terrific and unique projects – I hope this year we see even more so that we can continue to provide fantastic fishing across the Monaro,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Fishing is a great recreational activity, with more than one million anglers dropping a line in each year.

“This year alone we have already invested $15 million in a range of projects across NSW, with anglers seeing the benefits every day.”

Since 2001, hundreds of projects have been completed and there are currently over 200 recreational fishing projects underway.

Some of the most popular projects include offshore artificial reefs and the Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), both of which restore and boost fish habitats.

Fish education programs for young people are also a success, with over 300 Fishcare volunteers as well as the Get Hooked program, which is now running in over 100 primary schools across the State.

The Recreational Fishing Trusts also fund smaller projects each year including fishing platforms, fish cleaning tables, fishing workshops, the DPI FishSmart app, fishing guides and research on recreational fishing.

The NSW Government is proud to support its recreational fishing sector, which generates $3.4 billion to the State’s economy each year and accounts for more than 14,000 full-time jobs.

DPI can be contacted on (02) 4424 7403 or via email at recreational.fishingtrust@dpi.nsw.gov.au to discuss potential new projects or to get assistance with completing a funding application. Funding guidelines and application forms are available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au. Applications close on 24 November.