All money raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Licence Fee is placed into the Recreational Fishing Trusts and spent on improving recreational fishing in NSW. These trusts are regulated by law and two committees made up of recreational fishers - one for saltwater and one for freshwater - make recommendations on expenditure priorities.
The money placed into the Recreational Fishing Trusts goes towards many different projects to improve recreational fishing.
Projects receiving funds from the Recreational Fishing Trusts Investment Plan 2018/19 to 2020/21 were as follows:
It is important that the Recreational Fishing Trusts are accountable to the community on how Trust funds are spent. The Trusts are overseen by angler committees - one for saltwater and one for freshwater. For this reason the
Income and expenditure from the Trusts are subject to an annual audit and regular announcements are made about licence fee expenditure. DPI also carries out periodic surveys of recreational fishing licence holders to ensure that the broad funding priorities are in line with angler expectations.
Anyone can apply for funding from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, including fishing clubs and organisations, universities, councils, community groups and individuals.
DPI Fisheries sends out the Newscast newsletter to subscribers once every two months to update recreational fishers about projects funded by the Recreational Fishing Trusts as well as other news. Subscribe to Newscast here.
Projects funded prior to 2021/22 can be viewed in the:
To find out more about past Trust funding for projects, read the Trust Fund Reports. Trust fund summaries have details on income from licence sales and total expenditure on projects.