A NATIONAL CODE OF PRACTICE FOR RECREATIONAL AND SPORT FISHING
Many Australians love fishing. More than 3.5 million Australians fish annually for recreation and sport. This means about one in every five Australians enjoy fishing and half of all Australian households own fishing tackle. However, with the enjoyment of a natural resource comes responsibility for its sustainability and well being. This National Code of Practice for Recreational and Sport Fishing is intended for all those who fish recreationally, representatives of recreational fishing organisations, the recreational fishing industry, the fishing media and fisheries communicators. It is an initiative of Recfish Australia and supported by the Australian Government.
Recfish Australia was formed in 1983 to represent the interests of recreational and sport fishing at a national level. Recognition of the need for more sustainable fishing practices and an agreed national standard for recreational fishing led to the development of the first national code of practice (COP) in 1995. The COP underwent a minor review in 2001, and this document represents the first major review and revision of the Code since then.