Anglers put something back

ONE has spent seven years returning native trees to his favourite fishing spot, while another is an avid supporter of the removal of fish passage barriers at his local river.

But both are first and foremost recreational fishermen being recognised by a new DPI publication for putting something back into their sport, according to Primary Industries Minister, Ian Macdonald.

“The real life case studies in Recreational Fishers Make Fish Happen will inspire other fishers to get involved in making more fish, naturally,” Mr Macdonald said.

“The new booklet covers the habitat stories of eight fishers and is a key component of the Fishers for Fish Habitat project.” The project is culminating in the first ever Fishers for Fish Habitat forum on the North Coast in June, a two-day forum that is free to recreational fishers interested in exploring ways to preserve and increase fish numbers.

DPI project co-ordinator, Charlotte Jenkins, said fishers will hear how to get involved in rehabilitating fish habitat, what recreational fishers are already doing for habitat domestically and overseas, and provide an opportunity for fishers to express concerns they may have about habitat in their area.

Renowned fishing writer and presenter Steve 'Starlo' Starling will be attending the forum as the guest speaker.

The forum will be held at Ballina on June 18 and 19, to register go to www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries.



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