Rec Fishing Future in Good Hands

Fourteen participants aged between 20 and 30 made their way to the Abrolhos Islands last month as part of Recfishwest’s NextWave young leaders program.

NextWave is a leadership and mentoring program focused on fisheries management. The program develops a new generation of leaders in the recreational fishing sector by empowering young people with fisheries management and leadership skills. It is run over two years and includes participants taking part in leadership workshops as well as attending community events and representing the recreational fishing sector.

This group is the fourth installment of the successful program.


The four day workshop at the Abrolhos Islands was a great success and participants undertook training in fisheries management, covering topics such as fisheries research, science and compliance, and understanding the community’s role in the recreational fishing sector. The commercial fishing sector were also present in (Western Australian Fishing Industry Council) WAFIC, shedding light on their component to fisheries management and how the commercial and recreational sectors work together to deliver the best possible outcome for the resource and the people involved.

The workshop was facilitated by fisheries management expert Ian Cartwright, who is an Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Commissioner.

Attendees were mentored by industry and sector leaders, including senior Recfishwest staff including CEO Dr Andrew Rowland and WA Department of Fisheries staff.

The group will receive ongoing mentoring from experts in the fisheries management field, and ongoing professional and personal development opportunities.

The NextWave team will be called upon to support Recfishwest in its role as the peak body representing the interests of recreational fishers in WA, so you might see them out and about at Recfishwest community events.

The next workshop will be held in August and focus on leadership skills which will be run by Australian based leadership company Rural Training Initiatives, who specialise in working with people involved in the primary industries.