Recreational Fishing Trust funding announced

NSW Fisheries minister, Niall Blair, has announced $13 million will be invested in 63 recreational fishing projects within the state over the next year.

Projects will be funded from Albury to Grafton and in Sydney’s waterways – including nearly $1 million to fund a fifth artificial reef off the coast of NSW.

Artificial reefs already constructed off Sydney and Shoalhaven Heads are proving to be very popular with recreational fishers.

The Sydney reef has now matured into complex fish habitat for a wide range of bottom-dwelling and oceanic fish species such as kingfish and snapper.

If you have any comments on the location of the fifth offshore artificial reef to be deployed, please email

The funding for the 63 projects has been provided from the Recreational Fishing Trust to a wide range of priorities including:

  • artificial reefs and fish stocking
  • fishing workshops,
  • Fishcare Volunteers and primary schools education
  • fishing platforms and fish cleaning tables
  • aquatic habitat rehabilitation projects to remove barriers to fish migration replanting river bank vegetation and restoring water flows;
  • andresearch on recreational fishing.

For more details on the projects, visit the website or download the full list of projects.

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