Fishing, be it commercial or recreational, is an integral part of the Australian lifestyle and with this Sunday being Gone Fishing Day, there has never been a better time to drop a line! Events are being held across the country, to encourage people to take to the water.
The second annual day celebrates the many benefits of fishing, from spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying the serenity of being on the water, to tucking into a feed of fresh caught Australian seafood.
CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Dr James Findlay emphasised the importance of the fishing industry to Australia.
“Australia’s fishing industry is one to be proud of, with around 350 boats in the Commonwealth commercial fleet, a passionate recreational sector and countless Australians who consume fresh, locally caught seafood every year,” Dr Findlay said.
“Our natural marine resources are precious, so it is important that our fisheries are well-managed with decision making informed by the best available science and research.
“Along with consultation with important stakeholders such as recreational fishers, environmental organisations and other government agencies.
“Through this approach to fisheries management, we are helping to ensure the sustainability of our fish stocks now and into the future for both commercial and recreational fishing, and for lovers of Australian seafood.
“AFMA encourages everyone to drop a line and enjoy the incredible experience of fishing, whether you’re a passionate fisher or just enjoy cooking up the catch, this is one activity everyone can enjoy.”
To find an event being held near you or for more information on the day go to gonefishingday.org.
To find out more about AFMA’s management of Commonwealth fisheries, including how we work with the recreational fishing industry, visit afma.gov.au.