Call for Fishcare volunteers

VOLUNTEERS from across the ACT and Snowy Region are invited to join the NSW Government’s successful Fishcare Volunteer Program.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) staff are planning a two-day training
session for Fishcare volunteers on the weekend of June 4-5 at the Narrandera Fisheries

NSW DPI Fisheries’ Education Officer, Stephen Thurstan said the program, which already
has in excess of 350 volunteers statewide, is open to anyone over 18 years who has a
keen interest in recreational fishing.

“Fishcare volunteers play a vital role in promoting responsible fishing practices in the
community,” Thurstan said.

“They do a terrific job in advising anglers about the rules and values of sustainable
recreational fishing in NSW at events such as fishing competitions, four-wheel-drive
vehicle shows and field days.

“They also take part in children’s fishing workshops, passing on their knowledge and skills,
and encouraging values that ensure there will be fish for the future,” he said.

The training includes presentations by NSW DPI staff about the NSW recreational fishing fee, NSW fishing rules and regulations, conservation and fish habitat, catch and release techniques, fisheries research, the volunteer codes of practice, NSW DPI policies and communication skills. There is also an accredited TAFE training component in fish biology and identifying fish species.
At the end of the workshop participants receive a statement of attainment from TAFE NSW.

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