Like to become a Fishcare Volunteer?
If you have a passion for fish and fishing and you'd like to help protect our aquatic habitat, why not think about becoming a Fishcare Volunteer.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries is running its next Fishcare Volunteer weekend training course on the 16th and 17th May 2009.
Volunteers talk to anglers about fishing rules and responsible fishing and help in a range of activities, such as fishing workshops, catch surveys and community fishing events.
Funded by the recreational fishing licence, the NSW Fishcare Volunteer Program continues to expand boasting volunteers in many inland and coastal areas around the State.
If you're 18 years or over and have a keen interest in fish, fishing and the conservation of our fish resources and habitat, you can apply to become a Fishcare Volunteer.
You don't need any formal qualifications but some knowledge of angling and the aquatic environment is useful.
As a volunteer you'll be expected to give approximately one day per month to assist the program, and occasionally attend events, such as fishing competitions.
You'll be involved in helping create better awareness among anglers and the wider community about fishing issues, but you won't have enforcement powers.
Volunteers are issued with clear identification as well as a distinctive hat, shirt and backpack containing the necessary documentation.
The Fishcare program gives volunteers an opportunity to promote sustainable and responsible recreational fishing practices through public events, kids fishing workshops or talking to anglers in various locations across the Sydney region.
How to get started?
Just download the nomination form which can be filled out and sent in to the address on the bottom of the form by anyone who is interested in becoming a Fishcare Volunteer.
Any enquiries can be directed to:
Fisheries Education Officer
NSW Department of Primary Industries
You can also download a PDF version of the guides here:
Any information relating to illegal fishing should be reported immediately to the nearest NSW DPI Fisheries Office or to the Fishers’ Watch Phone Line on 1800 043 536.
More information about fishing rules and regulations can be found on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au