Newcastle to host major recreational fishing conference


LEADING figures from fisheries research and the recreational fishing community will gather at the Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre (NEX) next month to share knowledge and ideas about the latest developments in fish habitat.

The 2022 Fishers For Fish Habitat Forum will take place on 25 and 26 November and tickets for the free event are available now. The event is funded through the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts and is presented by the Fish Habitat Network.

The forum will feature a range of expert speakers and site visits to nearby locations that showcase what is being done to secure the future of fishing.

OzFish, Australia’s recreational fishing charity, is an event partner and is encouraging all recreational anglers to get their tickets early. A limited number of spaces for an accompanying dinner on the Friday night are available so attendees are encouraged to secure their spot soon.

The theme of the forum is “Take Action”, highlighting the need for all members of the fishing community to play an active role in responsible fishing and waterway stewardship.  

Ryan Lungu, OzFish program manager for NSW Coast said: “The Fishers for Fish Habitat forum is an opportunity for recreational fishers to gain the latest information in fish habitat rehabilitation and fisheries science, and to directly engage with other likeminded anglers, fisheries managers, and fisheries scientists.” 

The forum will be hosted by recreational fishing personality Michael Guest from Reel Action Fishing TV and Podcast, and will be joined by other fishing media personalities, leading scientists and more.

Speakers will explore a range of topics, including the role that recreational fishers are playing in the recovery of the endangered Macquarie Perch, the science behind fish screens, the importance of saltmarsh restoration for fish, the impact that fires and flood have on native fish populations, and the advancement in marine infrastructure such as living seawalls.

Tickets are free, but limited, secure yours today. Registration closes Thursday the 10th of November.

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