Third and final round fishing grants to open in early 2017

Date posted: 15 November 2016

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Funding has increased to $100,000 per grant for the third and final round of the State Government’s Recreational Fishing Grants programme which opens on 14 January 2017. 

Community groups and councils are urged to discuss ideas with RecFish SA over the coming months – as the peak recreational fishing body, they can help with advice to improve applications.

Maximum project funding has increased from $50,000 to $100,000, to target applications for larger projects. Round three submissions will be open for eight weeks, and close on 20 March, 2017. 


The grant programme forms part of a $3.25 million 2014 election package aimed at boosting recreational fishing in South Australia, including opening up offline reservoirs for recreational fishing, and SA’s first shellfish reef restoration project near Ardrossan on the Yorke Peninsula.

The programme has allocated approximately $1.5 million across 82 projects to support recreational fishing in South Australia. For further information visit

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter 

The State Government is committed to improving recreational fishing for the roughly 277,000 South Australians who enjoy wetting a line, as well as encouraging more people to get outside and enjoy our beautiful state.

The successful projects will help create economic opportunities for local communities and help boost jobs that support regional fishing tourism, like accommodation and bait and tackle shops.

Round three will be very competitive, and we’re looking for more innovative partnerships and proposals supporting recreational fishing across the State, especially in regional areas. 

Quotes attributable to RecFish SA Executive Director, David Ciaravolo 

RecFish SA are pleased that round three will offer larger grants for projects that seek to develop new recreational fishing experiences.

We encourage locally supported, community-driven initiatives and look forward to providing advice and assistance to potential grant applicants.

For help all potential applicants can register their ideas on our website or call us on 8340 0777 with any questions.