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Kids ‘Get Hooked’ on fishing in the NSW Central West
« on: October 12, 2010, 12:23:30 AM »
Kids ‘Get Hooked’ on fishing in the Central West
11 Oct 2010

Over 60 Central West students will put their knowledge to the test, hook, line and sinker, in their first fishing trip as part of a program organised by Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW). 

I&I NSW Schools Manager, Louise Roberts said ‘Get Hooked…It’s Fun to Fish’ encourages children to take an active role in the management of waterways and fish stocks.

“During the course of the program, primary school students are introduced to freshwater fishing, the significance of aquatic life and life-cycles, catch and release skills and the importance of sustaining a quality fish habitat, while practicing safe and responsible fishing behaviours,” Ms Roberts said.

“The program is coming to a close for 2010, and now that students have completed the in-class component and gained their fishing passport, they are attending a hands-on fishing workshop to put all of the theory learnt in class into practice.

“Students will learn the practical aspects of fishing including rod and reel basics, knots and rigs, bait selection and identification, casting skills, fish identification, fishing regulations and catch and release techniques. 

“The students will be assisted by Fishcare volunteers, who have been instrumental in the success of this program, teaching the next generation of kids about one of Australia’s favourite pastimes.

“These volunteers will be on hand over the two days, imparting their experience and skills onto the budding anglers of tomorrow.

“Teachers have reported that the students are excited about the chance to ‘wet a line’ during the workshop.”

More than 77 schools across NSW are registered in the ‘Get Hooked’ program. 

The workshop will be held at Sandy Beach Park, Dubbo on October 13 and Lake Canobolas, Orange on October 14. Three schools from Dubbo, Orange and Blayney region will participate over the two days. Sessions will be held from 9.30am until 2pm. 

Ms Roberts said the ‘Get Hooked…It’s Fun to Fish’ program is funded by the NSW Government using funds from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust, to improve fishing across the state.   

“Every year $435,000 from the Trust is allocated to providing this program to all NSW schools as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to teaching the community about sustainable recreational fishing,” Ms Roberts said.

“The program plays an important role in ensuring the State’s freshwater resources are enjoyed now and in the future.” 

For more information on the program, visit http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/info/get-hooked

Media contact: Alyssa Fitzgerald (02) 6391 3785 or 0459 141 561



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