$12 million boost to recreational fishing

24 November, 2008: - The State’s anglers will directly benefit from $12 million worth of projects specially designed to enhance recreational fishing over the next three years, Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald announced today.

Minister Macdonald said the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust has allocated a total of $2.9 million to new and ongoing freshwater projects, while over $9 million will be spent on saltwater fishing projects in 2008/09.

“These projects are varied and range from science and research, to artificial reefs, and the extremely popular fish aggregating devices – FADS,” Minister Macdonald said.

Projects chosen by the trust for funding include:

• Additional prawn stocking in Wallagoot Lake ($95,000);
• Research into developing fishing gear and practices that improve the survival of released fish;
• A research study investigating rock fishing fatalities ($67,000);
• Educational programs for school children; and
• Installing fish cleaning tables at a number of locations across NSW.

“The trust also funds the publication of the freshwater and saltwater fishing guides. These can be found in the tackle box of most anglers as they outline bag and size limits, information about individual species, useful knots, fishing closures,” he said.

“They also contain information on the successful Fishcare program where volunteers teach primary schools students to fish, there is also information on threatened and protected species, stocking and catch and release best practice.

“Other allocations for this financial year include funding for: the Dollar-for-Dollar Native Fish Stocking program, the Recreational Mobile Squad, fishing clinics, Fish Aggregating Devices, Fishcare volunteers and expanding estuarine artificial reefs.

“The Recreational Fishing Trusts are directly funded by fish licence fees – so anglers can rest assured that the fees they pay for their licenses are reinvested into worthwhile recreational fishing projects for their benefits.”



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