Recreational Fishing Grants worth $200,000 are being awarded to 19 fishing and community groups around the state who support fishing through clinics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ cultural fishing activities, research and improving fish habitats.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said with so many recreational fishers in Queensland it was no surprise the grants program attracted so much interest.
“In 2020 we increased the funding to $200,000 and we broadened the criteria to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ traditional fishing projects, such as signs explaining sea country or education on traditional fishing activities,” Mr Furner said.
“Through this program we are supporting activities and projects that enhance recreational fishing across our state.
“This year the program also looked for opportunities to support regional economic recovery from COVID-19 through non-commercial fishing opportunities.
“More than 60 applications were received from community-based not-for-profit organisations, fishing clubs and incorporated associations, schools and local councils.
“The applications were competitively assessed based on their benefit to recreational and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ fishing, the project need, value for money and alignment with Queensland’s strategic recreational fishing priorities.”
Funding was awarded across four key activity areas as follows:
- 13 education fishing activities
- two fish habitat improvement projects
- three monitoring and research projects; and
- two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional fishing education activities.
Bamboo Projects Education, Mooloolaba
Connect to Culture – Wheelchair Access Boat Fishing Day
Hinchinbrook Sportfishing Club, Hinchinbrook
Hinchinbrook Sportfishing Club Tagging Program and Kids Fishing Day
Australian Fishing Trade Association, Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane
Indigenous Youth Recreational Fishing Cultural Exchange Program
Suntag Australia Inc. Sate wide
Suntag 2020-21 tagging
Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation, Lama Lama Land and Sea Country, around Princess Charlotte Bay
Looking after Lama Lama recreational fisheries including education and involvement of Lama Lama Juniour Rangers, Lama Lama community, recreational fishers and scientists
Fishability Qld Inc. Bribie Island, Sandstone Point, Runaway Bay
Fishability Qld Health and Well-being Boating and Fishing Program
Rockhampton Regional Council, Mount Morgan Dam, Rockhampton
Rockhampton Regional Recreational Fishing Program at Mount Morgan Dam
Australian Fishing Trade Association, State wide
‘Let’s Go Fishing Queensland’ responsible fishing campaign
Callide Valley Native Fishstocking Association, Biloela
‘Fishing Friends’ fishing clinics
Sunshine Butterflies, Noosa
Recreational fishing and education program for all abilities
Caloundra Power Boat Fishing Club
Golden Beach School Fish Education Program
Clontarf Beach State High School
Clontarf Beach SHS Aquatic Practices Recreational Fishing Program
Redcliffe Special School
Bribie Island Kids Fishing Day
Burdekin Shire Council
‘Fishing in the Burdekin’ Guide
Bundaberg Regional Council
Youth Mental Health and Fishing
Logan City Council
Queens Road Causeway Remediation for Fish Passage
Qld Sportfishers (Australian National Sportfishing Association, Queensland Branch)
Qld Sportfishers Connecting Communities Through Citizen Science and Virtual Recognition of Fishing Achievements
Pine Rivers Fish Management Association
Angler Education Events 2021
OzFish – Gold Coast Chapter
Barr’s Scrub Bass Habitat