State to conduct rec fishing licence survey

REC fishers are being invited by the NSW Department of Primary Industries to undertake a survey on how funds raised from the state’s Fishing Fees should be spent. Feedback received will be used to decide how to improve NSW recreational fishing and fish stocks.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and everyone who does so will be entered into a draw to win one of 30 quality fishing reels – surveys must be completed by Monday May 20 to be eligible for the draw.

Surveys are being sent over the next few weeks to around 72,000 anglers who hold one and 3-year licences. The results are expected to be collated into a report around mid-year. The survey is similar to one done a few years ago but also includes questions on consultation, advisory councils/committees and representation.

The survey will provide valuable data for the next NSW recreational Fishing Trust Investment Plan 2013-2018 about how to improve recreational fishing in NSW. It will potentially affect how licensed anglers in NSW are engaged and represented in terms of Ministerial committees like ACoRF, the Recreational Fresh and Saltwater Expenditure Trust Committees, or even a peak representative body like those established in other states.

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