Over $11 million boost to Recreational Fishing

The State’s anglers will directly benefit from $11.5 million worth of projects specially designed to enhance recreational fishing over the next three years.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Recreational Fisheries Manager, John Diplock, said the Recreational Fishing Trusts have allocated a total of $3 million to new and ongoing freshwater projects, while $8.5 will be spent on saltwater fishing projects in 2007/08.         

 “I am glad to see that both the Saltwater and Freshwater Recreational Fishing Trusts have chosen to fund projects that are about increasing the sustainability and popularity of recreational fishing in NSW.  

“Well deserved projects chosen by the Trusts in this round of funding include: maintaining the catfish populations of the Murray-Darling, preserving the Murray perch in the Upper Lachlan, educational programs for school children and installing fish cleaning tables at a number locations across NSW.  

“Other allocations for this financial year includes 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,” Mr Diplock said.    

Funding for new projects in 2007/08 includes:  

  • Essential freshwater catfish research to prepare for stocking in the Murray-Darling catchment ($196,000).
  • Investigating the potential for deployment of offshore artificial reefs ($275,000).
  • ‘Get hooked… it’s fun to fish’ – a new introductory fishing program for primary school children ($375,000). 
  • Advancing the development of a program to stock saltwater fish through the preparation of the required environmental assessment ($364,000).
  • Expanding the program to install fish cleaning tables, fishing platforms and other works, including installing new fish cleaning tables in Jerseyville, Scotts Head, Lake Macquarie, Botany Bay and Copeton Dam
  • “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,” Mr Diplock said.