I encouraged  individual and community fishing groups to apply for NSW Recreational Fishing Trust grants to improve recreational fishing across.

This year $15 million has been allocated from the sale of recreational fishing licenses to both freshwater and saltwater projects in 2016-17. Grants are available for both large projects involving more than $10,000 of funding, and smaller projects involving less than $10,000.

Applications are open to anyone, including fishing clubs and organisations, universities, councils, community groups, individuals and joint applications are also encouraged.

Some of the projects funded already include artificial reefs, fish stocking, fishing workshops, Fishcare Volunteer programs, habitat restoration, and the installation of fish aggregating devices.

Recreational fishing adds about $3.4 billion to the State’s economy each year, and accounts for more than 14,000 full-time jobs.

Gone Fishing NSW fishing club grants of up to $2,000 are also available for groups applying to run community fishing events for Gone Fishing NSW Day on 15 October 2017.

Applications for small and large projects close on 13 March 2017.

Applications for Gone Fishing NSW fishing club grants close on 30 April 2017.

Previous successful project of a disabled access fishing platform at Camden Haven.

Previous successful project of a disabled access fishing platform at Camden Haven.

More information is available at DPI’s website