Keen fishos needed for Fishcare Volunteer program

Calling all fishos: The Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is looking for people keen on mentoring young people on how to fish as part of their Fishcare Volunteer Program.
Calling all fishos: The Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is looking for people keen on mentoring young people on how to fish as part of their Fishcare Volunteer Program.

Do you know how to wet a line, bait a hook and catch and release?

If you have a passion for fish and fishing and you'd like to help protect our aquatic habitat, why not think about becoming a Fishcare Volunteer?

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is calling for people keen on mentoring young people on how to fish.

It’s all part of the department’s popular Fishcare Volunteer Program.

Co-ordinator, Dee Payne, said the program has 250 volunteers State wide and is supported using funds from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to sustainable and responsible recreational fishing and habitat conservation.

“Fishcare volunteers play a vital role in promoting sustainable recreational fishing and do a terrific job in advising anglers and the general public about the rules and values of responsible fishing,” Ms Payne said.

“Volunteers partake in activities such as fishing workshops, schools visits, field days, fishing competitions, habitat restoration works, etc passing on their knowledge and skills and encouraging values that ensure there will be fish into the future.

“We are calling for anyone interested in joining the program to register their interest to complete specialised training, to be held in Sydney on April 14 and 15.

“Applicants from across NSW are encouraged to apply, with travel and accommodation costs covered for the duration of the weekend.

“The training weekend encompasses both freshwater and saltwater sessions, and is open to anyone over the age of 18 years of age.

“Volunteers range in age from students to retirees, and come from a great range of backgrounds and it’s expected volunteers will be available to give approximately one day per month to assist the program.”

NSW DPI staff and guest speakers will cover topics on recreational fisheries management, fishing rules, fish conservation, aquatic habitat management, maximising survival of released fish, communication skills and much more.

At the end of the weekend participants will receive a statement of attainment by TAFE NSW.

The training is free to complete however places are limited.

To apply to become a DPI Fishcare volunteer click here.