Up to $100,000 is available through the RFGP to support projects that will improve or develop recreational fishing in Victoria.
Recreational Fishing Grants Program (RFGP)
The Recreational Fishing Grants Program (RFGP), being held annually by the Victorian Government through the Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Account, disburses revenue derived from the sale of Recreational Fishing Licences to projects that will improve recreational fishing in Victoria. It has funded over 600 projects, worth more than $21 million throughout Victoria.
The Recreational Fishing Grants Program (RFGP) aims to help recreational fishing projects which benefit public recreational fishing in Victoria.
Small Grants Program provides funding of up to $5,000 (GST exclusive) for small recreational fishing projects
Large Grants Program provides funding of up to $100,000 (GST exclusive) for projects in one or more of the following categories:
- Category 1: Recreational fisheries’ sustainability and habitat improvement
- Category 2: Recreational fishing access and facilities
- Category 3: Recreational fisheries-related education, information and training
- Category 4: Recreational fisheries research
Small Grants Program eligible activities include:
- Implement or upgrade existing recreational fishing facilities.
- Conduct an event/program to promote responsible recreational fishing practices, improve angling skills and knowledge amongst participants, and/or increase participation in recreational fishing.
- The preparation of educational material such as brochures, reports, DVDs, radio programs, etc., that would promote responsible/sustainable recreational fishing practices.
Large Grants program eligible activities include:
- Fish habitat improvement programs for recreational fish species.
- Assessment of recreational fisher catches and use patterns.
- Provide easy, safe and efficient access to coastal and inland waters for recreational fishers
- Improve facilities in areas of high current or expected recreational fishing demand.
- Provide facilities for users from an identified wide catchment area.
- Provide all-weather facilities at selected sites.
- Minimise maintenance costs.
- Include appropriate signage (for which funding is also available, as part of the project cost).
- Development of educational programs designed to promote recreational fishing and good recreational fishing codes of practice.
- Development of displays to promote recreational fishing and/or educate the public on recreational fishing.
- Running of specific-purpose events, field days or training programs (which may include the participation of Fishcare Victoria) on recreational fishing.
- Preservation of angling history in various forms.
- Assessment of new techniques for fishing and transfer of information to recreational fishers.
- Research on biology and habitat use of recreational fish species.
- Research on response to, and impacts of fishing on recreational fish species.
- Evaluation of the success of fish habitat improvement programs.
- Evaluation of specific recreational fish stocking programs.
- Investigations of the impacts of environmental factors on recreational fisheries.
- Research on the social and economic impacts of recreational fisheries.
Small Grants Program
- Community not-for-profit organisations.
- Angling clubs/associations.
- Statutory bodies/government agencies.
- Incorporated bodies/associations.
Large Grants Program
- Statutory bodies/government agencies
- Incorporated bodies/associations
Small Grants application opens all year round while Large Grants application closes 28 February 2017.
The Andrews Labor Government has announced four new fish habitat projects worth more than $267,000 to make fishing even better across Victorian rivers.
Increasing fish habitats is a great way to improve fishing in the long term because it provides new homes for fish where they can feed, shelter and breed.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford today announced the new projects on the Goulburn River in Seymour, downstream from where the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has installed nearly 300 snags for native fish such as Murray cod.
The Goulburn Broken CMA will manage two of these new projects worth $69,000. The first will install snags in the lower Goulburn River at three sites near its confluence with the Murray River. The second will place boulders and snags into the water to create more diverse fish habitats on the Rubicon River.
The iconic Snowy River will benefit too, thanks to a $110,000 project to be undertaken by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. This project will improve fish habitat density and connectivity that will assist stocked populations of Australian bass and other migratory native fish.
The fourth new fish habitat project is on the Mitta Mitta River where the North East CMA will deliver $88,000 worth of fish habitat work between Lake Hume and Eskdale.
The North East CMA has installed more than 200 log structures into the river during recent years and scientific monitoring has confirmed they were rapidly utilised by native fish.
Adding habitat also helps optimise the return to anglers from annual stockings of Murray cod, grown at the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s Snobs Creek hatchery. More than 135,000 Murray cod fingerlings have been stocked into the lower Mitta Mitta River since 2012.
The four new fish habitat projects are funded through recreational fishing licence fees and are part of the 2017-18 Recreational Fishing Licence Large Grants Program. The program complements the Labor Government’s Target One Million plan, which is investing a record $46 million to grow participation in the much-loved past time.