11 December 2010
Joint media release
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig
Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dr Mike Kelly
The Gillard Government today congratulated the former Deputy Premier of Tasmania, David Llewellyn, for his appointment as chair of the Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee.
“Mr Llewellyn served as Fisheries Minister during his 24 years in the Tasmanian Parliament and will provide the committee with the leadership to take development of the Recreational Fishing Industry Strategy into the future,” Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said.
“He has an extensive knowledge of sustainable fisheries management in both the fresh water and marine environment. He is a keen recreational angler and in the past, an enthusiastic recreational diver.”
Mr Ian Fitzgerald has also been appointed as a new member of the Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee. Mr Fitzgerald has 20 years experience in the South Australian Government and has been a keen recreational fisher for more than 50 years.
“Mr Fitzgerald has been a member of the South Australian Recreational Fishing Advisory Council and Board Member since 2000. He is interested in freshwater and marine fishing and was the former President of the South Australian Fly Fishers Association,” Minister Ludwig said.
Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Dr Mike Kelly, today also welcomed $1.1 million dollars in funding for a range of new projects to boost Australia’s recreational fishing industry.
“The projects include an expansion of the future leaders program and a climate change implications paper. Funding will also be used to develop a national education program, hold a national recreational fishing conference, and support research into the health and well-being benefits of fishing for recreation,” Dr Kelly said.
“The latest funding comes on top of $500,000 recently allocated to the recreational fishing national data collection project. The data collection project sees states, territories and community-based recreational fishing organisations work together to implement a nationally consistent approach to recreational fishing in Australia.”
The projects will be managed by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. For more information visit www.frdc.com.au. To read the Recreational Fishing in Australia—2010 and Beyond Discussion Paper go to www.daff.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/rfids.