The inaugural meeting of the National Recreational Fishing Council in Darwin last week called for input from recreational fishers to ensure the sustainability of Australian fish stocks while contributing to the economic wellbeing of regional communities.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Anne Ruston announced the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) would conduct a comprehensive National Recreational Fishing Survey in 2018.
“Australia’s 3.4 million recreational fishers are essential stakeholders and have much expertise to offer regarding the balanced management of our fisheries. Recreational fishing also makes an important economic contribution to regional communities.
“We strongly value the views of our recreational fishers and with this survey, we’re seeking a much better understanding of where, how, when and why they fish,” Minister Ruston said.
Federal member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd welcomed the survey: “I congratulate Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, for convening the Council’s first meeting in Darwin and I’m sure the keen anglers in Flynn will be quick to cast their views with the upcoming survey and help the Commonwealth make future decisions based on their input. Mr O’Dowd said.
“We are renowned for having one of the highest rates of boat ownership in all of Australia, so the input from recreational fishers in this area really does matter. Mr O’Dowd said.
“This data will be very important in future decisions about the management of Commonwealth fisheries.”