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.

Recreational Fishing Strategy for South Australia 2021-2024

The MRFAC has released the Recreational Fishing Strategy for South Australia 2021-2024, which lays the foundation for a prosperous future for the South Australian recreational fishing sector.

The strategy has looked at the key needs of the recreational fishing community and aims to deliver tangible outcomes by building capacity and capability.

The strategy focuses on 5 key pillars:

  • growth
  • delivery
  • knowledge and information
  • partnerships.

Meet MRFAC

Sharon Starick

Sharon is a primary producer from the Murraylands in SA.  She has a strong interest and experience in corporate governance, policy development and collaboration within Australian agriculture. Sharon has served on a number local, regional and national Boards – from membership based organisations, not for profits, companies and Government Boards.

Sharon has been appointed as Independent Chair to the Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council (MRFAC).

Peter Teakle

Peter has been a passionate recreational river fisher for over 50 years. Residing in Renmark, Peter has contributed to the Murray-Darling Basin’s Native Fish Recovery Strategy. Peter has an ongoing commitment to organising community forums on native fish with Commonwealth and state organisations and seeks to continue contributing to River Murray fishing priorities through the MRFAC.

David Scholefield

As president of the Gulf Skindivers Spearfishing Club and the Australian Underwater Federation (SA), David has knowledge of marine environments and sustainable fishing practices and is a valuable voice for all forms of recreational fishing. David brings a unique underwater perspective to the MRFAC.

Lee Van Soest

Lee started fishing from a young age along the Port River and is passionate about getting kids involved fishing sports and teaching kids how to fish responsibly.

Lee is an active member of the fishing community as a Tuna Champions Ambassador, Sea Rescue volunteer and member of the Adelaide Game Fishing Club and Northern Districts Sportsfishing Club.

Over the past 6 years, Lee has broken records and won state and national Game Fishing Association of Australia awards.

As the South Australian representative of the Australian Fishing Trade Association, Alicia joined the MRFAC to represent the retail industry.

Alicia’s interests are in communication and teamwork and hopes for all parties in the fishing industry to work together to create a thriving South Australian fishery.

Michael has been fishing from very young age, starting on the Murray River. Having been involved in the first release of Murray Cod into the Lower River Murray, Michael has dedicated his time to research into Murray Cod and Catfish, contributing to important regulations and handling advice.

On the executive committee of various recreational angling clubs, including Australian National Sportfishing Association and the Lower Murray Lure Fishing Club, Michael’s interest in the Murray River continues.

Michael hopes to make a difference for future generations to enjoy fishing along the River Murray.

Peter has fished South Australia’s South East - from Pt McDonnell to the Murray mouth for more than 40 years, both from land and from boat.

A member of the Lower South East Recreational Fishing Association, he owned a fishing tackle shop in Beachport for six years. He maintains contact with many fishers of the region as well have having years of experience on committees

A recreational angler from a young age, Timothy mostly fishes on the Eyre Peninsula after moving to Port Lincoln from the southern suburbs of Adelaide for improved fishing.

He has won the Port Lincoln Anglers Club Championship three times and been named Fisherman of the Year.

Lisa grew up by the ocean and has fished recreationally around the world, but now mostly fishes near Adelaide. In her career Lisa has been involved in the management and compliance of animal industries.

A resident of the upper south east for the past 18 years, and a regular visitor for more than 50 years, Geoff has extensive knowledge of the Coorong and Lower Lakes. He has regular contact with many recreational and professional fishers in the area and is member of several associations.

PIRSA's role

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (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: