MRFAC's purpose

The Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council (MRFAC) exists to represent recreational fishers in South Australia.

MRFAC works with the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development to:

  • meet the needs and interests of recreational fishers
  • provide feedback and advice on recreational fishing development, initiatives and policies.

MRFAC is currently developing the Recreational Fishing Strategy for South Australia.

Creation of the Council

In August 2018, the Hon Tim Whetstone, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, asked recreational fishers to share their views on the formation of a Minister's Recreational Fishing Advisory Council.

Recreational fishers showed overwhelming support, and in December 2018 were encouraged to nominate for a position on the council.

Five individuals were chosen and the council officially formed in March 2019.

Meet MRFAC

Graham Keegan

I have been fishing for over 50 years, from chasing Bream in our estuaries, to offshore Game fishing domestically and internationally. In the 90s I obtained my Master 5 and dabbled in Charter Fishing for a number of years, also contributing the occasional Magazine article. Fishing has been good to me, and I felt that it was time to give something back. I am passionate about sustainability and equity, my endeavour is to help bring change and a positive sustainable future for our fishery.

Graham has been appointed as chair to the Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council.

Peter Teakle

I’ve been a passionate and active recreational river fisher for over 50 years. Residing at Renmark my fishing activity is from Locks 3 to 8 interstate.

My involvement with the MDBC/A Native Fish Strategy and basin states fishery scientists with the catchments’ ongoing environmental/scientific/aquatic programs that underpin the structure of “what makes the basin river fishery tick” has been invaluable, and wish to contribute this robust information and experience I’ve had to assist the new MRFAC for River Murray fishing in this state.

Brian Wheadon

I have a passion for the sustainability for the future of recreational fishing and fish stocks for South Australia. I believe this will create long term employment and tourism in South Australia and this can only be achieved through good fisheries management practice and a strong recreational advisory council which I believe I can contribute with my 50 plus years of experience in recreational fishing. I am a strong believer in fishing for the future for our children and grandchildren.

Amanda Whitehorn

I moved to Adelaide in my early 20s and have been fishing since. Started with beach and jetties then went to boat the moved to landbase and kayak fishing. I fish both with bait and lures. I practice catch and release with most of my fish and have recently become a tagger. Most of my spare time is spent either landbase or in my kayak fishing with soft plastic. I really enjoy being on the water, couldn't be anything better.

David Scholefield

As president of Gulf Skindivers spearfishing club, and the Australian Underwater Federation SA chairperson, I strongly believe our underwater fishing community need representation. My belief in sustainable fishing practices, combined with passion/knowledge of the marine environment, will enable me to make a substantial contribution to this Council. If elected, honesty, integrity, and respect will be paramount. I will bring to the table a valuable and unique underwater perspective. All forms of recreational fishing should be enjoyed for many future generations!

Becoming an MRFAC representative

People are elected as members for two years. There will be a re-election in early 2021, and we'll let you know when you can nominate to become a member.

PIRSA's role

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is the government agency responsible for managing South Australia’s fish stocks on behalf of the government and community. PIRSA also manages the fishing activities of recreational fishers.

See the PIRSA website for information on: