Recreational fishing grants doubled, opening for applications

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries The Honourable Mark Furner

Queensland’s popular Recreational Fishing Grants are available again in 2020, with the funding available for eligible anglers doubled to $200,000.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said almost one million recreational fishers in Queensland supported thousands of Queensland jobs.

“Like other economies around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic hit Queensland businesses hard,” Mr Furner said.

“We are continuing to manage the health response well and that means we can start to deliver Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.

“Recreational fishing is an important industry in Queensland and these grants will help to support the jobs that rely on it.”

Mr Furner said the grants would support fishing and community groups to run clinics, conduct research, promote recreational fishing or improve fish habitats.

“With well over 900,000 recreational fishers in Queensland it’s no surprise last year’s grants program attracted so much interest, so I’m very pleased to see even more funding available in this round,” Mr Furner said.

“In 2020, the criteria have been broadened to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples traditional fishing projects such as signs explaining sea country or education on traditional fishing activities.

“Through this program we want to support activities and projects which enhance recreational fishing across our state. We’re particularly interested in applications that contribute to the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy target to increase satisfaction of recreational fishers.

“It’s also an opportunity to support regional economic recovery through non-commercial fishing opportunities. Community fishing projects that would support contribute to community recovery are encouraged to apply.”

Applications are open to community-based not-for-profit organisations, fishing clubs and incorporated associations, schools and local councils.

Applications will be assessed based on their benefit to recreational fishing, the project need, value for money and alignment with Queensland’s strategic recreational fishing priorities.

Applications for grants close Sunday 13 September 2020.

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