Fishing clinics are being held statewide to make sea fishing more accessible to Tasmanians, with community education top of the agenda.
Held as part of the Rockliff Liberal Government’s Summer Fishing Program, the clinics will provide Tasmanians with information about sustainable recreational fishing and responsible fish practices.
Primary Industries and Water Minister Jo Palmer said it was fantastic to see the fishing clinic in full operation at George Town on Friday.
“Fishing is a way of life for so many in the region, so it was great to see new faces, and so many young fishers at the clinic in George Town,” Minister Palmer said.
“The George Town Council recently installed a new fish cleaning station and tackle bin at the Elizabeth Street pontoons thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Rockliff Liberal Government’s Better Fishing Grants program.
“This is just one of many projects benefiting recreational fishers across the state.”
Minister Palmer congratulated Huon Valley and Clarence City councils on receiving small grants through round two of the program.
Huon Valley Council received funding for a Shipwrights Point floating fishing pontoon and Clarence City Council will upgrade its recreational fishing facilities – filleting boards, seats, including water and power supply to Bellerive Pier.
Better Fishing Grants is a community grants program for not-for-profit organisations including community groups, fishing clubs, schools, councils, and individuals for funding to upgrade or build new recreational fishing facilities.
Eligible groups and individuals can still apply for round two grants of up to $15,000 until February 28.
To apply, visit: https://fishing.tas.gov.au/get-involved/grants/better-fishing-grants