Project number: 2016-505
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $60,000.00
Principal Investigator: Mark J. Nikolai
Organisation: Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF)
Project start/end date: 29 Mar 2017 - 30 Dec 2017


The 2015 National Recreational Fishing Conference was highly successful, enabling the recreational fishing community to gather and discuss issues of national importance.

The value of regular fishing sector conferences is recognised among the fishing community, and supported by FRDC, to facilitate continued progress, coordination and recognition of achievements. The next national event for the recreational fishing community is planned for 2017. The primary aim of this event will be to bring opinion-shapers, decision makers and key representatives from Australia's recreational fishing sector together to develop a shared vision for the future of recreational fishing in Australia. Opportunities will be explored to collaborate with other significant events planned for the fishing community in 2017 such as Seafood Directions to enable shared discussions on how to position fishing in Australia optimally to continue to meet social and economic needs moving forward, whilst considering environmental implications.


1. Deliver a National Recreational Fishing Conference in 2017 which increases the level ofmeaningful engagement with the recreational fishing community in national issues of importance.
2. Engage with participants at the National Conference to identify priority actions to be progressedfollowing the forum.
3. Acknowledgement of recreational fishing community achievements.
4. Publication of extension products from the event.

Final report

ISBN: 978-0-646-98516-9
Author: Mark Nikolai
Final Report • 2018-03-06 • 785.83 KB


Following on from the success of the 2012 and 2015 National Recreational Fishing Conferences, the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation was successful in securing a funding grant from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) to deliver a National Recreational Fishing Conference for 2017. Conducting the National Recreational Fishing Conference continues to be a high priority investment for the FRDC's Recfishing Research subprogram.

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