Recreational fishers urged to provide input

Recreational fishers urged to provide input

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The state's recreational fishers are being reminded there is still an opportunity to have a say on the future growth of the sector.

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The state's recreational fishers are being reminded there is still an opportunity to have a say on the future growth of the sector.

With more than 4000 recreational fishers already providing their input, Minster's Recreational Fishing Advisory Council chair Graham Keegan said the Recreational Fishing Priorities Survey was an important step in understanding the issues of importance to the recreational fishing community.

"The South Australian recreational fishing community is very diverse in its demographics, interests and needs," he said.

"Within it there are a number of different interest groups which results in a complex arrangement of priorities and views.

"We therefore need to capture and respect this diversity in a way that enables us to ensure all parts of the sector benefit in its future growth and this survey helps us to gain that picture and plan for the sector's future."

The survey covers such topics as the sustainability of fish stocks, access to fishing spots, how fishing information is obtained, and recreational fishing infrastructure.

"We are also wanting input from the recreational fishing community on how a database of recreational fishers can be developed to assist in obtaining and conveying fishing information and if implementing a recreational fishing licence or compulsory registration system are possible options to achieve this," Mr Keegan said.

"The survey findings will not only be directly presented to the Minister to assist in future state government policy planning for the sector but will also be available to the recreational fishing community on our website.

"It is for that reason I encourage the whole community to make the most of this opportunity to have a say into on what they believe is important to its future."

Recreational fishers still wanting to have their say on the future of the sector are able to access the online survey at mrfac.org.au/representing-you until 5pm, on Wednesday, July 15.

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