Fishing’s future in focus at national conference
THE Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) will hold its 2019 National Recreational Fishing Conference in Hobart, Tasmania, that will focus on how anglers can help safeguard the sport’s future through taking part in citizen science projects.
Our Fishing, Our Research, Our Recreational Future is the theme of this year’s conference that promises to celebrate, inform and expand Australia’s vibrant recreational fishing citizen science programmes. The conference will be held across two days from December 10th and 11th and will incorporate the National Recreational Fishing Gala Dinner and Recognitions Awards.
ARFF chairman Brett Cleary said, “Australian anglers have been participating in citizen science projects for decades and the data they’ve generated has shored up the quality of our recreational fishing experiences, both now and into the future, through helping us understand fish behaviour and species range, range extension, post-release survival, genetics, habitat health, feral invasion and more.”
The National Recreational Fishing Conference is being supported with funding from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) on behalf of the Australian Government.
Senior research portfolio manager with FRDC, Josh Fielding, said, “Recreational fishers have the potential to significantly contribute to the future of recreational fishing in Australia and more broadly on the health of our aquatic environments, which is the foundation of a healthy fishery. At the rate recreational fishers are out and about and the technology they have at their fingertips, the opportunities are almost endless.”