Let’s Go Fishing

Schools Program

The Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA), in partnership with the Marine Teachers Association (MTA) and NSW Department of Primary Industries have placed fishing gear into 50 schools in NSW.

Greg McNeil, Past President of MTA explains. “This program allow the participating schools to organise and conduct fishing as part of the School’s activities. This means schools students can participate in the program, go fishing and learn about fishing as a sustainable activity. Not only do they learn how to use a rod and reel and bait a hook, they learn how to respect the fish they catch – and release, and the environment they engage with when fishing.”

AFTA Past President Colin Tannahill said “This is a great program. We want fishing to be as accessible for school students as other outdoor activities, like football, netball or cricket. The problem has been that schools have not had the fishing gear to organise fishing as an activity. The fishing kits we provide the schools include all the things they need to go fishing, including rods, reels, landing nets, hooks and sinkers.”

Participating schools;


Alesco Senior CollegeKariong Mountains HighSouth Grafton High
Aquinas College MenaiKempsey AdventistSt Collumba Anglican School
Ballina HighKempsey HighSt Edwards College
Bulli High SchoolKiama HighSt Joseph’s Catholic High Albion Park
Byron Bay HighKincumberSt Josephs Regional College Port Macquarie
Camden Haven HighKingscliff HighSt Marys Catholic College Gateshead
Caringbah Regional ScoutsKotara HighSt Patricks College Sutherland
Charlton Christian CollegeLake Munmora High ScholSt Pauls Catholic College
Christian Brothers’ High School LewishamLambton HighSt Peters Catholic College
Concord HighLucas Heights Community SchoolSydney Secondary College Balmain
Corrimal HighMacksville HighTerrigal High
Cronulla HighMarcellin College RandwickThe Beach School
De La Salle College CronullaMelville HighThomas Hassall Anglican College
East Hills Boys HighMenai HighTLSC Tumbi Umbi
Edmund Rice CollegeMudgee HighToormina High
Engadine HighNambucca Heads HighTweed River High
Erina HighNarooma HighUlladulla High
Five Islands Secondary CollegeNarrandera HighVincentia High
Glendale Technology HighNewcastle HighWadalba Community School
Goroken HighNewman Senior CollegeWarilla High
Great Lakes College ForsterNorthlakes HighWarners Bay High
Great Lakes College TuncurryNowra High ScoolWaverley College
Hastings Secondary College WestportOrange HighWingham High
Heathcote HighQueanbeyan HighWollongong High (Performing Arts)
HopeTown SchoolRandwick Boys HighWollumbin High
Illawarra Sports HighRMYC Port Hacking JuniorWoolooware High
Karabar High ScoolRose Bay Secondary College