20 Jul 2015
A total of 37 projects from across the state will receive funding in round one of the Recreational Fishing Grants Programme.
Valued at $2.25 million over three years, the programme supports projects to improve recreational fishing experiences and sustainable fishing practices, upgrade infrastructure and offer specialised training.
Funding in round one totals $557,170 and will benefit communities across South Australia, through projects in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, Murray Darling Basin, South East and Kangaroo Island.
RecFish SA Acting-Chair Ian Fitzgerald said the grants would provide significant benefits for many recreational fishers in South Australia, as well as their local communities.
“This is a positive initiative from the State Government; not only does it recognise the economic and lifestyle benefits of recreational fishing, it also takes local, community-generated ideas and makes them a reality,” he said.
Metropolitan projects include $20,000 to develop an interactive model, Amazing Fishing Adventures with Marine Parks, at the Marine Discovery Centre in Henley Beach and the Hook, Line and Thinker proposal, which received $5,400 to support the installation of bins and educational signage at four popular recreational fishing locations in Holdfast Bay.
Two applications will boost recreational fishing in St Kilda, including $20,000 to install a fish cleaning station at the St Kilda Boat Ramp and $14,000 to hold two community events promoting the pastime in the region.
There are also four state-wide projects including $14,820 for the Reclink Come and Try Fishing project.
In total more than eighty proposals were submitted for consideration.
Sanctuary zones – where fishing is restricted – take up only six percent of South Australia’s coastal waters, and recreational fishing can be enjoyed in the rest of the state’s waters including public jetties, breakwaters and popular beaches.
The grants are part of a $3.25 million package of measures announced by the State Government at the 2014 state election to enhance recreational fishing in South Australia.
Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to apply in the next round of the programme.