Expression of Interest for Round 6 of the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund are now open

December 21, 2016

MEDIA STATEMENT

Expression of Interest for Round 6 of the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund are now open.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Round 6 of the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF) are now open. Funding is available for incorporated individuals, research institutions, government departments, clubs/organisations or community groups and joint applications are encouraged.

Recfishwest Chief Executive Officer Dr Andrew Rowland said the RFIF provides funding to enable initiatives, projects and research that is aligned with recreational fishing community priorities and enhances recreational fishing in Western Australia.

“Recfishwest is excited that recreational fishing licence money is being reinvested into projects that will enhance the recreational fishing experience,” Dr Rowland said

Since the RFIF was established in 2011, more than $7.7 million of recreational fishing licence money has been invested into projects including;

• Artificial reefs in Bunbury, Dunsborough, Mandurah, Esperance and Exmouth as well as Metropolitan fish towers and Fish Aggregation Devices.
• Stocking of important recreational species including Prawns, Black Bream, Mulloway, Barramundi, Pink Snapper and Blue Swimmer Crabs.
• Research into the biology and ecology of important recreational species including Squid, Black Bream, Blue Swimmer Crabs, Prawns, Mulloway, Pink Snapper and various Gamefish.
• Research into the economic and wellbeing benefits of recreational fishing as well as mapping of fishing locations for fishers of all ability.
• Development of the next generation of recreational fishing including young future leadership programs and post graduate scholarships.
Grants will only be made available to projects that promote or benefit recreational fishing in WA. A list of broad strategic areas considered for funding can be found on the EOI application form available at www.recfishwest.org.au
The EOI period for Round 6 RFIF funding closes at 5pm (WST) Monday 30th January 2017.
“This program is highly valued by the community as it continues to deliver tangible returns for fishing licence contributions.” Dr Rowland said.

Recfishwest are committed to protecting, promoting and developing sustainable, enjoyable and safe fishing for the benefit of the whole community.

For more information click here or phone 9246 3366.

FACT FILE

  • Every year 25% of recreational fishing licence revenue is allocated to the RFIF.
  • Since its inception in 2011 more than 40 projects valued at over $7.7 million have been funded.
  • Recfishwest administers the RFIF EOI process and the Minister for Fisheries has absolute discretion in the application of all RFIF funds.

EOI Applications are now closed.