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Last updated: 30 April 2007

Education: the key to sustainable recreational fishing

Funding today made available to South Australia’s Henley Beach Marine Discovery Centre will help educate future generations about responsible fishing practices and how best to manage our fish stocks for all recreational fishers.

Fisheries Minister Senator Eric Abetz today launched the project which was funded under Round 4 of the Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme.

“The Australian Government is conscious of the need for all sections of the community to be aware of the rules and regulations that relate to one of Australia’s favourite pastimes - recreational fishing,” Senator Abetz said.

“The younger generations, who go out fishing with their mums and dads on the weekend, will benefit from this sort of education. They need to know about minimum sizes, catch limits and boat limits and also the reasons why these rules are in place.

“Part of this education is the understanding that we must conserve our fish stocks by respecting fishing limits and restrictions. These limits are key to a long-lived recreational fishing sector.”

The $98,543 being provided by the Australian Government to this project will see the creation of new sustainable fishing displays, the collection of target fish species to facilitate an increase in stock, the installation of a new aquarium at the marine centre and back-up

power facilities along with various worthwhile educational tools such as online quizzes and charts for students.

“It is great to see that the funds being offered under the Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme are being taken advantage of in a way that benefit so many young people,” Senator Abetz also said.

The Howard Government is providing $15 million over three years under the Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme to help foster recreational fishing in communities around Australia.

Senator Abetz said Round 5 of the funding Programme is now open and will close on 25 May 2007.

“I urge all fishing groups, community organisations and others to take advantage of this great opportunity and consider applying for a grant,” he said.

For further details about the Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme, visit the web site www.daff.gov.au/recfishinggrants or call 1800 665 105.

Further inquiries:

Senator Abetz’s office: Brad Stansfield 0419 884 666