Kids’ learn to fish program

NSW Industry & Investment has launched an educational DVD encouraging students to get involved in its free fishing program.

“‘Get Hooked…It’s Fun to Fish’ teaches children sustainable fishing practices and how to look after aquatic habitats,” Primary Industries Minister Steve Whan said.

“Currently, 77 schools across NSW are registered for ‘Get Hooked…It’s Fun to Fish’’, and this interactive DVD will hopefully encourage more schools to get involved.

“‘Get Hooked…It’s Fun to Fish’ aims to introduce primary school students to the concept of sustaining quality aquatic habitats by practicing safe and responsible fishing, the significance of aquatic life and life cycles and taking an active role in the management of waterways and fish stocks.

During the course of the year, the students study the program’s six codes: take only what you need; fish with friends; you’re the solution to water pollution; throw the little ones back; don’t leave your tackle behind and quality catchments equal quality fish.

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The six codes in the Get Hooked program are adapted from the National Fishing Code of Practice.

When students finish the in-class component and gain their fishing passport, they also get the opportunity to participate in hands-on fishing workshops that teach them the practical aspects of fishing.

The Get Hooked program is assisted by 62 accredited Schools Fishcare volunteers, who assist teachers with the delivery of the program in schools.

For more information on the program, visit

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