Rec fishing experiences boosted on Kangaroo Island

Date posted: 10 October 2016

Kangaroo Island recreational fishing spots have been boosted thanks to funding from the Recreational Fishing Grants Programme.

The South Australian Recreational Fishing Grants Programme provides community grants for up to $50K to support recreational fishing in South Australia. The programme funds great ideas to improve recreational fishing experiences, upgrade infrastructure, offer specialised training and improve sustainable fishing practices.

In 2015 Kangaroo Island was funded over $35K as part of round one of the grants programme.

Spring is warming up, so get outside to wet a line and make use of round one’s recently completed projects including the upgraded rock breakwaters at Bay of Shoals and American River, as well as the Todd Street Beach pedestrian track (all pictured).

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Program Manager, Chris Thomas said that more than 270,000 South Australians love to fish.

“The grants provide better experiences for local and visitor anglers to escape, unwind, relax and get outdoors and connect with the State’s marine environment.

“The successful round two grant programme projects were announced in August with Kangaroo Island receiving $19,419 of additional funding to upgrade the beach access ramp at Vivonne Bay.

“Applications for the third and final round of funding should open early in 2017.”

For a list of the round one and two projects visit the Marine Parks website.

The South Australian Recreational Fishing Grants Programme forms part of a $3.25 million package announced in 2014 to boost recreational fishing experiences in South Australia.