Throw in a Line for Recreational Fishing Grants

24th Sep 2019

Recreational fishers, fishing clubs, councils and community groups can now throw a line in for funding to improve recreational fishing in the region, with Agriculture Minister and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing that applications are now open for the popular NSW Recreational Fishing Grants program.

“We know that recreational fishing is hugely popular in NSW, with the industry contributing more than $3.4 billion to the State’s economy and accounting for more than 14,000 full-time jobs,” Mr Marshall said. 

“Each year, funding collected from recreational licence fees is re-invested directly into the industry through the recreational fishing grants, for the specific purpose of improving fishing opportunities and experiences throughout NSW.

“There is no project that is too big or too small to be considered for funding and I encourage anyone who sees an opportunity for improving the industry to apply now.”

Approximately $16 million is collected every year from the sale of recreational fishing licenses and held in the Recreational Fishing Trust. Projects up to a value of $300,000 will be funded in this year’s round.

Mr Marshall said past projects funded included everything from building or refurbishing fishing platforms and fish cleaning facilities, to installing artificial reefs and improving aquatic habitats.

“Fish restocking programs have also been supported, along with boat ramps and education or learn to fish days,” he said.

“More than 750 projects have been supported by recreational fishing grants since the program started, ranging from recreational fishing education to improving fishing access and facilities as well as undertaking industry projects.”

Applications are now open and close on Thursday, 31 October 2019.

Applicants keen to discuss ideas for new projects can contact DPI on 02 4916 3835 or email at For more information and to apply, visit


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