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.”

Check out participating schools here; 


Alesco Senior CollegeKariong Mountains High South Grafton High 
Aquinas College Menai Kempsey Adventist St Collumba Anglican School
Ballina HighKempsey High St Edwards College
Bulli High SchoolKiama High St Joseph’s Catholic High Albion Park
Byron Bay High KincumberSt Josephs Regional College Port Macquarie 
Camden Haven High Kingscliff High  St Marys Catholic College Gateshead
Caringbah Regional ScoutsKotara High St Patricks College Sutherland
Charlton Christian CollegeLake Munmora High ScholSt Pauls Catholic College
Christian Brothers’ High School LewishamLambton High St Peters Catholic College
Concord HighLucas Heights Community SchoolSydney Secondary College Balmain
Corrimal High  Macksville High Terrigal High 
Cronulla HighMarcellin College Randwick The Beach School
De La Salle College CronullaMelville HighThomas Hassall Anglican College
East Hills Boys High Menai High TLSC Tumbi Umbi 
Edmund Rice CollegeMudgee HighToormina 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 HighWadalba Community School
Goroken High Newman Senior CollegeWarilla High 
Great Lakes College ForsterNorthlakes High Warners Bay High 
Great Lakes College Tuncurry Nowra High ScoolWaverley 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 HighRMYC Port Hacking Junior Woolooware High
Karabar High ScoolRose Bay Secondary College