Hands up to snag recreational fishing funding

08/02/2010:   Millions of dollars in Community trust funds are now available to fund projects that improve recreational fishing, NSW Primary Industries Minister, Steve Whan, said today.

Minister Whan said the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust is a chance for recreational fishing groups, individual anglers, councils and other community organisations to improve recreational fishing in their local areas.

"Fishing is one of the most popular recreational activities in NSW, with around one million people dropping a line in every year," Minister Whan said.

"This trust funding comes from the sale of recreational fishing licences to anglers and the money raised is placed into two trusts, one for saltwater and the other for freshwater.

"This is a great opportunity to get some worthwhile community fishing projects happening, which will benefit recreational fishers in NSW.

"Anyone can apply for funding from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, including keen fishers, fishing clubs and organisations and universities. Joint applications are also encouraged.

"Anglers can rest assured that the fees they pay for their licences are reinvested into worthwhile recreational fishing projects that directly benefit them."

The NSW Recreational Fishing Trust has already allocated over $3 million to new and ongoing freshwater projects while around $9 million will be spent on saltwater fishing projects, next financial year.

"Committees of expert fishers allocate the funds as part of a five year strategy that includes projects with immediate and long term timeframes," Minister Whan said.

"Projects funded in previous years include artificial reefs, fish stocking programs, fish aggregating devices (FADs), Fishcare volunteers, fishing platforms, fish cleaning tables and science and research."

Applications for funding close on Wednesday, 17 March 2010.

Funding applications must benefit recreational fishing. Contributing funding and in-kind support, such as voluntary labour, is encouraged.

For more information or assistance with applications contact I&I NSW on 02 6648 3917, email recreational.fishingtrust@industry.nsw.gov.au or visit the website www.industry.nsw.gov.au

via Industry and Investment NSW