The 8th World Recreational Fishing Conference, held in Vancouver Canada in July 2017 was seen as an opportunity to build on previous educational and leadership opportunities associated with the 5th and 7th conferences, and to hopefully develop a new tranche of young leaders for the recreational fis
Budget expenditure: $102,026.16
Project Status:
Principal Investigator: Frank B. Prokop
Organisation: Curtin University
Project start/end date: 26 Apr 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Travel Bursary
Recreational Fishing
Fisheries Management


The recreational fishing industry in Australia is extremely important. The FRDC has invested in development of responsible programs for innovative and outcome focused recreational fisheries management initiatives, with strong emphasis on empowering young leaders.

This project is based on the initiative of previous projects 2008-319 and 2006-314 relating to the 5th and 7th World Congresses respectively. Both were highly successful in providing an opportunity for future leaders to embark upon leadership and management careers which has resonated at the national, state and local level. The opportunity exists following the 8th World Recreational Fishing Conference in Vancouver Canada to establish a program based on merit-awarded bursaries to build on and enhance previous successful projects and provide significantly better outcomes beyond conference attendance.

One of the great strengths of this project is the networking and exchange of ideas among participants. Applications will be encouraged from young future leaders, young researchers with demonstrated communication and extension skills, and people in associated industries such as aquaculture or commercial fisheries. The project will also extend invitations to other Australian delegates to the conference, to be full paying participants of the study tour.

Canada and Australia share many common interests in fisheries management and administration. There will be delegates from around the world, with a strong presence from the UK, Europe and central America. There will be delegates from New Zealand and South Africa which will also allow strong, relevant networking for bursary winners. The close proximity, and expected strong presence of the United States is an additional advantage for the study tour.
There are significant benefits in being able to see innovative programs and their champions on site or in operation. Issues to be examined include - resource allocation between and among sectors, managing tourism and interactions between guided and non-guided fishers, community based education programs, fish passage and habitat maintenance, first nation management issues and social licence to operate.


1. To build domestic capacity, empowerment and increase knowledge within and across the recreational fishing sector
2. To establish and further develop strong effective national and international networks.
3. Educate recreational fishers in Australia of relevant recreational fisheries management initiatives for inclusion in strategic and operational plans and gain expert feedback on Australian initiatives.
4. Educate recreational fishers in Australia of international recreational fisheries research and management initiatives for inclusion in strategic and operational plans.

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