2017 recreational fishing trust grants now open

The fishing around the Valley has never been better, but is it time for some new infrastructure to cope with the demands of the influx of visitors wanting to chuck a line in?

The 2017 round of recreational fishing trust grants have opened. 

Local member Melinda Pavey is encouraging applications so more productive and unique projects can be delivered for rec fishers.

“Every year we see some terrific projects put in place to help improve the fishing experience,” Mrs Pavey said.

"Since 2001, hundreds of projects have been completed and some of the most popular projects include offshore artificial reefs, Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), habitat repair works and boat ramp and cleaning-table upgrades."

Fishing licence fees are reinvested each year to continue to improve NSW recreational fishing opportunities and accessibility.

Fish education programs for young people are also a success, with over 300 Fishcare volunteers and the Get Hooked program, which is now running in over 100 primary schools across the State.  

The trusts also fund smaller projects each year including fishing platforms, fishing workshops, the DPI FishSmart app, fishing guides and research on recreational fishing.

Applications for funding close November 24.

Funding guidelines and application forms are available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

DPI Fisheries can be contacted on (02) 4424 7403 or email recreational.fishingtrust@dpi.nsw.gov.au to discuss potential new projects or to get assistance with completing a funding application.