The Recfishwest Community Grant Scheme goes towards community projects to tackle local issues or wider issues with significant local implications. The Recfishwest Community Grant Scheme has funded more than 30 projects totaling $250,000 since 2012.
These projects have included:
- Three extra Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) off the WA coast between Cervantes and Jurien Bay
- New fish species identification signs around Esperance
- Fishing line disposal units at the Derby Jetty
- Remote long-range radio system on Rottnest Island to benefit the safety of recreational fishers at sea
- A trailer fit-out and sinage for Fishers with Disabilities to assist with the development of a sub-program in the Greater Mandurah area
- Satellite trackers for the Perth Game Fishing Club’s Fish Aggregation Devices
- Funding for the annual catch and release-based Kids Whiting Competition in Kalbarri
- Activities aimed at improving the environment such as clean up days and environmental rehabilitation projects.
- Leadership development and training for the Western Australian Undersea Club
- Night-vision binoculars for the Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group
Recfishwest community grants will be made available to incorporated bodies for community-driven projects aimed at enhancing recreational fishing in Western Australia.
A maximum of $8,000 will be made available for any one project, with preference given to projects less than $5,000 and to projects from a wide range of regions.
Applications for funding must cover at least one of the following:
- Education/engagement initiatives
- Habitat protection/enhancement
- Recreational fishing safety
- Community capacity building
- Promotion of recreational fishing in WA
The Recfishwest Community Grant Scheme is funded through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund and is supported by Recfishwest and the Western Australian Department of Fisheries.
Recfishwest advocates for sustainable fishing resources and policies that ensure long term benefits to all recreational fishers.