Applications are now open for grants under the State Government’s recreational fishing fund.
Incorporated individuals, research institutions, government departments, clubs/organisations or community groups are encouraged to register expressions of interests for Round 4 of the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund by February 8, 2015.
All recreational fishing licence fees, including fees from the recreational fishing from boat licence introduced by government in 2010, are credited to the Recreational Fishing Account. The Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF) is a component of this account and is administered by Recfishwest. The purpose of the RFIF is to:
‘Provide funding to enable initiatives, projects and research that are aligned with recreational fishing community priorities and enhance recreational fishing in Western Australia.’
Every year 25% of recreational fishing licence revenue is allocated to the RFIF and after a thorough application process Recfishwest presents the Minister for Fisheries with a prioritised list of projects that the recreational community of Western Australia would like to see funded.
Since its inception the RFIF has funded over twenty projects and seen over $6.5million invested into projects to enhance recreational fishing in Western Australia.