History

Recreational and sport fishing is an extremely important and valuable part of the Australian lifestyle. Nearly one quarter of the population fish at least once a year. The value to the national economy is estimated to be around $10 billion. The lifestyle and health benefits of recreational fishing are no less significant. The future of fishing and the quality of our fishing experience is determined by the way we look after or manage natural resources which include fish and other aquatic life, their habitat and the freshwater and marine environment generally. They must be managed properly and efficiently to maximise benefits to all concerned and to ensure the preservation and health of the resource itself. In 1983 the Australian Recreational and Sport Fishing Industry Confederation Inc was formed – to give all Australian fishers a voice so that they can advise and assist in the sustainable management of this country’s immense recreational and sport fishing resource. In 1995 the trading name of Recfish Australia was adopted.