Labor recognises the contribution recreational fishing makes to the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Australians
Every year, around 277,000 South Australians participate enjoy recreational fishing in South Australia’s beautiful environment. Recreational fishing brings together friends and families as part of clubs and groups and contributes to the health and wellbeing of our community.
When South Australians pick up a line or a reel and fish, they will often do so as part of a broader regional visit, visit the local tackle shop, stay in a local hotel or caravan park and eat in local pubs and restaurants. Contributing some $160 million annually to the State’s economy.
Labor recognises the contribution recreational fishing makes to the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Australians and will support its growth through a range of measures including:
- ensuring a strong, independent voice for recreational fishers through the peak body
- recognising recreational fishing as part of the sport and recreation sector
- identifying key infrastructure projects like boat ramps, jetties and wharves
- ensuring greater transparency in fisheries management by better communicating about the science behind decision making with recreational fishers and the broader community
- recognising the recreational fishing sector as a key stakeholder in the SA tourism industry and developing an integrated recreational fishing tourism plan
- supporting recreational fishing programs for women, children and diverse multicultural communities
- committing to work through issues with the peak body that they identify as needing to be resolved to enable recreational fishing to be sustainable and enjoyed into the future
- ensuring these commitments are part of a plan developed and delivered with and for the sector.