The Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council (MRFAC) is seeking input through a Recreational Fishing Priorities Survey from the recreational fishing community on priorities towards the future growth of the sector.
MRFAC Chair, Graham Keegan said the Council has released the survey to obtain an understanding of the views and opinions of the broader recreational fishing community as part of the advice being provided to the State Government.
“Our original plan was to go out and engage with the community directly, but with COVID-19 meeting restrictions still underway, the online survey is the next best approach to seek these views so we can pass this advice onto the government,” he said.
“The South Australian recreational fishing community is very diverse in its demographics, interests and needs. Within it there are a number of different interest groups which results in a complex arrangement of priorities and views.
“We therefore need to capture and respect this diversity in a way that enables us to ensure all parts of the sector benefit in its future growth.”
Topics being covered in the survey include the sustainability of fish stocks, access to fishing spots, how fishing information is obtained and recreational fishing infrastructure.
“We are also wanting input from the recreational fishing community on how a database of recreational fishers can be developed to assist in obtaining and conveying fishing information and if implementing a recreational fishing licence or compulsory registration system are possible options to achieve this,” Mr Keegan said.
“The survey findings will not only be directly presented to the Minister but will also be available to the recreational fishing community on our website.
“Given the diversity of the sector it is important that the whole community has a chance to not only have an input into but to also see the big picture for recreational fishing in South Australia.”
In addition to the Recreational Fishing Priorities Survey, MRFAC is also currently seeking opinions from recreational fishers on Razorfish populations and on the proposed changes to marine parks in South Australia through two other separate surveys.
Recreational fishers wanting to have their say on the future of the sector are able to access the online survey at www.mrfac.org.au/representing-you until 5pm, Wednesday 15 July 2020.