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Recreational Fishing Trusts

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.

Projects funded by the Trusts

The money placed into the Recreational Fishing Trusts goes towards many different projects to improve recreational fishing.

Latest round of projects funded (PDF, 359.66 KB)

Apply for funds now -  applications close on 3 December 2021

Fast facts

  • Over 800 large and small projects have received funding from the Trusts since 2001
  • Hundreds of these projects have been completed
  • Around 170 projects are currently underway
  • Around 300 additional habitat action grants have been provided to groups to improve fish habitat since 2009

Projects receiving funds from the Recreational Fishing Trusts Investment Plan 2018/19 to 2020/21 were as follows:

Latest Trust Investment Plan 2018/19 - 2020/21 (updated February 2021) ( PDF, 1241.64 KB)

How are the funding decisions made?

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.

How do I get funding for a project?

Anyone can apply for funding from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, including fishing clubs and organisations, universities, councils, community groups and individuals.

How can I stay up to date?

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.

What has been funded in the past?

Projects funded prior to 2015/16 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.