Recreational fishers investing in sustainable fisheries management

4December, 2014

A project researching the potential of a new game fishery off the coast of Tasmania was announced today by Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, and Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Jeremy Rockliff.

The pilot study is part of the Australian Government's Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) 2015 funding round and is jointly funded by the Federal Government, State Government and the recreational fishing sector.

Senator Colbeck said the project will use satellite tags to research the movement, behaviour and post-release survival rates of swordfish and assess the potential of a new game fishery off the east coast of Tasmania.

"The recreational sector has really led the way in advocating for this project. The Game Fishing Association of Australia and TARFish contributed $5,000 each and the recreational sector contributed a further $6,000 through fundraising efforts," Senator Colbeck said.

"This demonstrates a strong commitment by the recreational sector to take responsibility for their fishing impact and ensure the sustainable development of a new recreational fishing opportunity."

"Our fisheries are among the most sustainable and best managed in the world and it is great to see the recreational sector take an active role in ensuring this continues to be the case."

Mr Rockliff said the State Government is keen to encourage business opportunities based upon a sustainably managed fishery, and has committed $30,000 to the research project.

"The Game Fishing Association of Australia and TARFish came to us with this proposal some months ago, and the FRDC's support is vital for this study," Mr Rockliff said.

"We see this as a positive first step for both our tourism and fishing industries; a successful and sustainable swordfish game fishery would be a welcome addition to the host of world-class nature-based experiences people can enjoy in Tasmania.

"I congratulate TARfish and the Game Fishing Association of Australia for the work they have done on this proposal, and I look forward to the results of the study."

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