Fishing for the Future Program holds first ever fishing camp

THE Fishing for the Future Program’s first ever fishing camp was held on 11 and 12 July at Seagull Lodge, Orient Point in NSW to acknowledge the program’s fifth year.


The initiative is funded by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust and is run in partnership with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Recreational and Indigenous Fisheries) with the assistance of PCYC Shoalhaven.


It’s supported by Fishing World, Shimano Australia Fishing, McGlashan Media, BCF South Nowra, Compleat Angler South Nowra and SHOK Virtual Fishing Tournaments.




This innovative program is designed to improve the relationship between police and the local Aboriginal community and divert kids away from risk taking behaviours.


Program coordinator, Chief Inspector Steve Johnson said: “This program is a unique opportunity for young Aboriginal kids from the Shoalhaven area to learn about leadership, their culture, a career in recreational fishing and safe, responsible and sustainable fishing practices.”


On day one of the program participants received talks on local Aboriginal culture, leadership, working in the recreational fishing industry, fishing safety, sustainable fishing techniques and fishing rules. These talks were delivered by a member of the local Aboriginal community, police, Stephen Marks, manager of BCF South Nowra and NSW DPI staff.



The participants also had master class talks on fishing from local anglers including, Jim Harnwell, Ian Osterloh, Wes Murphy and Tim McGoldrick. After a bush tucker dinner local fishing identity Bob Russo talked to the kids about rod building.


On day two of the program the participants were taken on a guided fishing experience on board Escape Fishing Charters from Greenwell Point. SHOK Virtual Fishing Tournaments set a competition for the day, with prizes given for the biggest Snapper and reef fish. The participants caught a variety of fish during the morning, including Snapper, Mowong and Flathead.


Positive feedback was received from the participants and their parents about their involvement in the program.






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