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Recreational Fishing Trusts

All money raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee is placed into the Recreational Fishing Trusts and spent on improving recreational fishing in NSW. These trusts are regulated by law and overseen by two committees made up of recreational fishers - one for saltwater and one for freshwater.

Projects funded by the Trusts

The money placed into the Recreational Fishing Trusts goes towards a number of different activities and projects. These include:

The Recreational Fishing Trusts Investment Plan 2015/16 to 2017/18 (PDF, 690.93 KB) has been developed to deliver a wide range of programs to boost recreational fishing opportunities in NSW.

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. 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 or view archive editions.

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.

Fishing licence fee trusts and committees

It is important that the Trusts are accountable to the community for how the money is spent. Recreational fishing trusts are overseen by angler committees. For this reason the income and expenditure from the Trusts are subject to an annual audit by the NSW Auditor-General and regular announcements are made about licence fee expenditure.