Grants available for recreational fishing

By Country News

The Victorian Government is calling for great ideas, big and small, to make recreational fishing in Victoria even better.

The 2018-19 round of the Recreational Fishing Grants Program is now open, which involves returning money collected through fishing licence fees back to recreational anglers.

Last year, the program allocated more than $1million of licence fees to 16 projects across Victoria, as well as contributing significant funding to fisheries officers, VRFish and fish production at Snobs Creek.

Project proposals between $5000 and $100000 qualify for the large grants part of the program, which has four categories:

■Fisheries sustainability and habitat improvement.

■Fishing access and facilities.

■Fisheries-related education, information and training.

■Recreational fisheries research.

Previously funded projects include fish cleaning tables, signage, stiles over fences to improve access, fishing platforms and jetties, and re-snagging to improve fish habitat in rivers and lakes.

The program is open to fishing clubs, community groups, incorporated bodies and government and statutory bodies.

Applications for large grants close on February 28, with small grants of up to $5000 available year-round.

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