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The Queensland Community Fishing Grants Program supports activities and projects that enhance recreational fishing experiences and support traditional fishing.

Queenslanders are keen anglers. Fishing is an integral part of the Queensland lifestyle and is also important for tourism - attracting anglers from around Australia and the world.

The Queensland Government also acknowledges the importance of traditional fishing as a significant cultural activity for Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

Up to $250,000 of grant funding, was available through an expression of interest process.

Of this funding, $75,000 is set aside for small grants of less than $5,000 for recreational or traditional fishing education activities (such as kids fishing days) or community fishing programs.

The Guideline for Queensland's Recreational Fishing Grant Program outlines how the annual program operates and how funding is allocated. Please note the guideline has been updated for the 2021-22 financial year.

Types of projects funded

To be successful, a project or activity must have met at least one of the following criteria.

CriteriaProject examples
Recreational and/or traditional fishing education Fishing workshops/clinics, schools education, come and try days, fishing education programs, signs explaining sea country, education about traditional fishing activities.
Fish habitat improvement and protection Remove barriers to fish migration, replanting and protecting river bank vegetation, restoring water flows, fish aggregating devices etc.
Monitoring or research provides linkages to, adds value to, or fills information gaps about recreational fishing Possible projects include; fishing-related social or economic surveys, biology or ecology of popular recreational species, citizen science projects, fish tagging, projects that compliment Fisheries Queensland’s Monitoring and Research Plan.

The Queensland Government is particularly seeking applications that address at least one of these current fishing priorities:

  • contributes to the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy target to ‘increase satisfaction of recreational fishers'
  • supports recreational fishing strategies developed by local government to promote recreational fishing opportunities in the Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton net-free zones
  • improves understanding of, or supports, traditional or cultural fishing activities of Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders
  • supports community recovery from COVID-19 through non-commercial fishing activities.

Queensland's Recreational Fishing Grant Outcomes

Applications for the Recreational Fishing Grant closed at 5pm, Sunday 26 September 2021 and the applicants were notified in February 2022 of their application being successful or unsuccessful.

The successful projects are listed below:

Project category Project Organisation Year
Small Education 2 Bent Rods (2BR) will conduct 10 free classes that provide participants with the opportunity to learn how to fish for recreational purposes or by volunteering at the Local Pest Fishing Events at Spring Lake Ipswich or other LGAs. Springfield Lakes Nature Care INC 2021/22
Small Education Come & Try Fishing days will provide an opportunity for children between the ages of 8 and 16 to gain the following skills and experiences associated with recreational beach fishing in the Cooloola Recreation Area Rainbow Beach Amateur Anglers 2021/22
Small Education The Tin Can Bay Fishing Club Inc has successfully hosted fishing education training and workshops for juniors and seniors since 2002. The club has collaborated with Sunfish Queensland, the Queensland Amateur Fishing Club's Association and r the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Tin Can Bay Fishing Club Inc 2021/22
Small Education The project, Relationships + Respect + Opportunities, will bring together rural students from Calen District State College with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to share and teach culture, traditional fishing methods and activities, traditional food preparation, nutritional values, looking after land and sea. The program is aimed to build and encourage the relationship between students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples, traditional fishing methods, spirituality, language and storytelling. Calen District State College P&C Association 2021/22
Small Education The Kids Fishing Days take approx. 20 kids aged between 6-15 years through round-robin classes on fish ID, measuring and bag limits, knots and rigs, casting, learning to throw a cast net and rec fishing regulations and tide times. Sunfish NQ Inc (branch) 2021/22
Small Education The project aims to host a Kids Fishing Fun Day, focusing on education, where kids can learn to fish and gain information on how to care for the future of our fishery (Fishing for the Future). Mossman Boat & Fishing Club Inc. 2021/22
Small Education (a) Take A Kid Fishing Day is conducted annually by the CPBC Fishing Club during the September school holidays. The event encourages all boys, girls, residents and visitors to participate in a morning's fish along the shoreline or from a boat in the Pumicestone Passage. Caloundra Power Boat Club Fishing Club (an internal Sub Club of) Caloundra Powerboat Club 2021/22
Small Education Conduct regular half-day fishing clinics for children and adults on separate days. Participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be encouraged. Tableland Fish Stocking Society 2021/22
Small Education A weekly 'fishing friendzies' program designed to inspire children and teenagers to gain an interest in fishing, developing their skills and experience, while making social connections with others throughout the program. Livingstone Shire Council 2021/22
Small Education Hosting a 'come and try' fishing day where we invite current students, families, community members, Local Sea Rangers and Fisheries Officers to come and participate in several activities based around recreational fishing and sustainability. Newman Catholic College 2021/22
Small Education The students involved in the project are at risk students who are severely disengaged with school and life. Through fishing and the character qualities it fosters we are planning to reengage them. These students will be taught the benefits of sustainable fishing and looking after the environment. Smithfield State High School 2021/22
Small Education A two-day event open to visitors and community members, and aimed at family fun and the enjoyment of fishing. Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council 2021/22
Small Education Our Let's Explore FNQ! program will support our members in their mental health recovery through social participation and community engagement with a local tourism business that has been highly impacted by COVID-19. The Junction Clubhouse is a place for people with a lived experience of mental Illness to come along, belong and recover. The Junction Clubhouse Cairns 2021/22
Small Education Students at Ingham State School will learn how to look after the environment where they fish. They will also learn about recreational fishing and the importance of size limits, and caring for fish caught. Ingham State School 2021/22
Small Education Sunshine Butterflies provides a weekly recreational fishing education program for a group of 7 people living with a disability. Participants learn fishing skills and environmental education while getting active outdoors. Sunshine Butterflies 2021/22
Small Education RCAA will conduct two educational and hands-on fishing education programs. The first will be conducted before the participants [children and parents] will be given the opportunity to go fishing and use the knowledge they acquired at the first seminar. Redcliffe City Amateur Anglers Inc 2021/22
Small Education The course is designed to familiarise potential instructors with the ability & responsibilities to run Junior kids fishing days state-wide. Sunfish Qld inc. 2021/22

External funding opportunities in Queensland and across Australia

Several funding opportunities and services exist in Queensland and across Australia which may be suitable for establishing aquaculture facilities, including:

More information

Email fisheriesgrants@daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23