Dedicated fishers have been given the chance to show their passion as the South Australian Government seeks candidates for a new state Recreational Fishing Advisory Council.
The council will provide feedback and advice on recreational fishing issues and initiatives and help with policies which impact the fishing sector.
There will be eight members on the council, one each from Recfish SA, FishinSA and the South Australian Fishing Alliance, and five individuals elected by the recreational fishing community.
Minister for Primary Industries Tim Whetstone said the government wanted a diversity of people ready to provide a voice on many issues.
“Whether you take a boat out, fish off the beach or jetty, or throw a line in the Murray or a reservoir, I encourage every fisher to consider putting their hand up for one of the five positions available on the council,” Mr Whetstone said.
Consultation on the formation of the council took place earlier in the year which received 225 responses to a survey.
Some feedback from the consultation suggested there should be some ground rules so those with an invested interest in fishing have their motives questioned so as not to “hog-Tie” such a group.
Nominations for the five individual council members will be received from December 17, 2018 to February 11, 2019 with voting starting on February 18 to March 18, 2019.
New members will be announced on April 1, 2019.
To nominate, vote or sign up for updates go to www.yourSAy.sa.gov.au/fishing
For any queries regarding the Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council phone 8226 0900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org