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.


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.

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

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: