Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council

The Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council (RFNSW) has been established to provide advice to the Minister for Primary Industries on key recreational fishing issues in NSW.

The Advisory Council is based around a modern representative model, ensuring the views of regional fishers from right across the State are communicated. RFNSW includes representation from eight regional areas, two members with expertise in spearfishing and charter boat fishing and other representatives that significantly benefit the function of the Advisory Council.

For more information about the Council or to send a message:


Call: (02) 4424 7403

RFNSW Council Members

Independent Chair

Professor Johann Bell

Professor Johann Bell is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong with a keen interest in both freshwater and marine recreational fishing. Professor Bell’s recent activities include assessing the role that fisheries play in the food security of Pacific Island people and examining the effects of climate change on tropical Pacific fisheries and aquaculture.

Region 1 - Mid & Far North Coast

Patrick Linehan

Region 2 - Lower North Coast

Paul Lennon

Region 3 - Sydney & Central Coast

Grahame Williams OAM

Region 3 - Sydney & Central Coast

Prof Anna Clark

Region 4 - Illawarra

Vicki Lear

Region 5 - South Coast

Dean Hamilton

Region 6 - North West Inland (and MFAC representative)

Matthew Hansen

Region 7 - South West Inland

Karl Mathers

Region 8 - Central & Southern Tablelands

Ray Tang

Region 8 - Central & Southern Tablelands

Bill Blair

Charter Boat Fishing

Peter Dugan

Spear Fishing

Ian Puckeridge

Social Benefits of Recreational Fishing

Matthew Tripet

Nominee of Secretary

Peter Turnell, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Management

Regions map

RFNSW regions map

Outcomes of RFNSW meetings