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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 Trust Investment Plan 2021/22 - 2023/24 (updated May 2023)

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Fast facts

  • Over 3,000 grants have been provided from the Recreational Fishing Trusts since 2001.
  • Many of these projects have been completed.
  • Over 250 projects are currently underway.

Projects approved for funds within the Recreational Fishing Trusts Investment Plan 2021/22 to 2023/24 are as follows:

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 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.