Hook a fishing grant

The funding goes towards community projects that enhance recreational fishing.

The program has funded more than 30 projects totalling $150,000 since 2012.

Recfishwest chief executive Andrew Rowland said previous grant projects included installation of Fish Aggregating Devices, club development, fish stocking, improving fishing safety and activities to improve the environment.

A maximum of $8000 will be made available for any one project, with preference given to projects costing less than $5000 and from a wide range of regions.

Applications must cover at least one of the following: extension materials, education/engagement initiatives, habitat protection/enhancement, recreational fishing safety, community capacity-building, access and recreation fishing promotion.

Dr Rowland said engaging with community groups was a good way to achieve amazing results with a modest investment.

The program is funded through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund and supported by Recfishwest and the Department of Fisheries.

Recfishwest advocates for sustainable fishing resources and policies that ensure long-term benefits to all recreational fishers.

Visit www.recfishwest. org.au or 9246 3366.