Established in response to the introduction of a fishing from boat licence (FBL), the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF) provides funding to enable initiatives and projects aligned to recreational fishing community priorities.
Every year, 25 per cent of recreational fishing licence revenue is allocated to the RFIF. After a competitive and transparent application process, which involves input from the Department of Fisheries, the Recfishwest Board provides recommendations to the Minister for Fisheries regarding projects that the recreational fishing community of Western Australia would like to see funded.
Since 2012, the RFIF has invested $11.98 million of recreational fishing licence revenue into projects ranging from artificial reefs, fish stocking, purchase of commercial fishing entitlement and habitat rehabilitation.
The expressions of interest period for Round 9 of the RFIF is now closed.
Every year, 25 per cent of your fishing licence fees are put into the RFIF and made available to projects that benefit recreational fishing in Western Australia. The expression of interest period for Round 9 of the RFIF closed on February 16.