Rec fishing boosted across the South East

Date posted: 10 October 2016

South East recreational fishing experiences 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.

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 anglers to escape, unwind, relax and get outdoors and connect with the State’s marine environment.

“In 2015 the South East was funded nearly $14,400 as part of round one of the grants programme for Fishing for the Future Clinics on the Limestone Coast to teach the community about sustainable fishing.

“The Clinics, which are run by Nature Glenelg Trust, are a great way of fostering positive connections between our younger generation and the local marine environment.

“The successful round two grant programme projects were announced in August with the South East receiving over $42K for a minor infrastructure upgrade and more Fishing for the Future Clinics.

“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 Department’s 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.