Applications for fish stocking funding now open

The Dollar for Dollar Native Fish Stocking Program offers matching funding to purchase fish from registered private hatcheries (image: Col Gordon).

APPLICATIONS for the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) 2018-19 Dollar for Dollar Native Fish Stocking Program are now open, with angling and community groups, individuals, councils and other relevant organisations encouraged to apply. 
The program, which is now in its 20th season, offers matching funding to purchase fish from registered private hatcheries for restocking into approved public waters in NSW.
DPI Fisheries Manager Jim Harnwell said the program is another great example of NSW fishing licence fees at work, with many hundreds of thousands of fish stocked into various NSW waterways each season. 

“The program is highly supported and well received by the community, with up to 100 participating stocking groups participating in each round,” he said.
“Fish stocking is recognised for its importance to the community in terms of providing quality recreational fishing, aboriginal and cultural opportunities, conservation outcomes and subsequent social and economic benefits.” 

Matching funds between $1,000 and $6,000 are provided from the Recreational Fishing Trust. Funds are available to stock high priority recreational fishing species including Australian bass, golden perch and Murray cod, pending their availability. 
“Stocking groups wishing to participate in the program are encouraged to contact their preferred supplier before applying.”
It is important that all fish stocking is conducted responsibly in order to protect biodiversity and the aquatic environment. Releasing fish into NSW public waters without a permit is illegal.

Applications for the 2018-19 stocking season close on Friday, 4 May 2018. To apply online visit this link or refer to this page for additional information, including hard copy forms.

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