THE trout fishery in NSW provides a range of important social, economic and historic values and benefits for regional communities. However, the NSW trout fishery, like many such fisheries around the world, is currently facing challenges, largely due to issues such as environmental and climatic change; the introduction of pest species; access restrictions; habitat degradation and so on.
In consultation with stakeholders, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is preparing a strategy to future-proof the recreational trout fishery. The strategy will recognise and promote awareness of the broad range of socio-economic benefits that trout fishing offers. Identifying and responding to the various adverse factors affecting this key freshwater fishery is vital if the benefits offered by trout fishing in NSW are to be maintained and developed.
As part of this process, NSW DPI will be conducting a series of workshops to guide the direction of the strategy. The purpose of these meetings is to seek community input on the range of issues affecting the recreational trout fishery and to identify options designed to support high quality trout fisheries and positive angling experiences. An agenda which details the items to be discussed at the upcoming meetings can be downloaded here.
Workshops will be held at Armidale Bowling Club (92-96 Dumaresq Street, Armidale) on the May 15, 2018, Panthers Bathurst (132 Piper Street, Bathurst) on the May 16, 2018 and Rydges Horizons Snowy Mountains, Jindabyne (10 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne) on the May 17, 2018, from 3.45 pm to 8.00 pm. Workshops will include breakout sessions where attendees can discuss ideas about the fishery and discuss ideas for the fishery going forward. Current issues and potential management options for the NSW recreational trout fishery are summarised in the attached Trout Strategy Framework for reference and to guide discussions at the workshops.
People interested in attending workshops MUST register interest by Friday, April 27, 2018 HERE. Registration is required in order to help with workshop seating and catering purposes. Tea, coffee and supper will be provided. Please register your interest individually.
If you have any enquiries, please contact Jo Merritt at the Hume Fisheries Office on 02 6051 7760.