A free Fishcare Family Fishing Day will be held this Sunday 25 October at Greenwell Point near Nowra. The aim of the event is to help promote sustainable fishing practices.
The family orientated event is being hosted by the Jervis Bay Region Fishcare Volunteer program team and was initiated by local Fishcare Volunteer leader, Steve Johnson, who recently participated in a NSW Future Leaders in Recreational Fishing program.
“A big focus of the volunteer work we do in the Jervis Bay Region relates to getting kids and their families involved in fishing as a recreational activity, and this event helps us do exactly that,” Mr Johnson said.
“It is a catch and release event with some great prizes to be won.”
Industry & Investment (I&I) NSW fisheries education officer, Gavin McDonall, said catch and release was gaining popularity, particularly for those fishers with a strong conservation commitment.
“For the kids, it’s about letting the little fish go and so we can all watch them grow,” he said.
“Workshops will be conducted throughout the morning for children on various fishing topics and techniques.
“The Fishcare Volunteer Program is one of many initiatives funded by the NSW Government’s Recreational Fishing Trusts to improve recreational fishing across the State.”
Fishcare volunteers, the Fishcare advisory trailer “Bluey”, and staff from I&I NSW will be available to teach families about sustainable fishing practices. Each team will be provided with a Catch and Release Kit, which contains, a measuring mat, pliers, glove, catch card, and a brochure.
The free event starts at 6.30am with a briefing and culminates at 1.30pm. Registrations are limited. Interested families can contact Gavin McDonall at the Illawarra Fisheries Office on (02) 4295 1809 to obtain an entry form and registration kit.