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 College Kariong Mountains High South Grafton High
Aquinas College Menai Kempsey Adventist St Collumba Anglican School
Ballina High Kempsey High St Edwards College
Bulli High School Kiama High St Joseph’s Catholic High Albion Park
Byron Bay High Kincumber St Josephs Regional College Port Macquarie
Camden Haven High Kingscliff High St Marys Catholic College Gateshead
Caringbah Regional Scouts Kotara High St Patricks College Sutherland
Charlton Christian College Lake Munmora High Schol St Pauls Catholic College
Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham Lambton High St Peters Catholic College
Concord High Lucas Heights Community School Sydney Secondary College Balmain
Corrimal High Macksville High Terrigal High
Cronulla High Marcellin College Randwick The Beach School
De La Salle College Cronulla Melville High Thomas Hassall Anglican College
East Hills Boys High Menai High TLSC Tumbi Umbi
Edmund Rice College Mudgee High Toormina High
Engadine High Nambucca Heads High Tweed River High
Erina High Narooma High Ulladulla High
Five Islands Secondary College Narrandera High Vincentia High
Glendale Technology High Newcastle High Wadalba Community School
Goroken High Newman Senior College Warilla High
Great Lakes College Forster Northlakes High Warners Bay High
Great Lakes College Tuncurry Nowra High Scool Waverley College
Hastings Secondary College Westport Orange High Wingham High
Heathcote High Queanbeyan High Wollongong High (Performing Arts)
HopeTown School Randwick Boys High Wollumbin High
Illawarra Sports High RMYC Port Hacking Junior Woolooware High
Karabar High Scool Rose Bay Secondary College