Recfish Awards 2012

Nominations for the National Awards for Contribution to Recreational Fishing.


“Casting towards tomorrow ‐ keeping Australia fishing” will be the theme of the National

Recreational Fishing Conference to be held from 17‐19 August 2012 on the Gold Coast with the

future of recreational fishing clearly in its sights.


Recreational fishing contributes greatly to the social, lifestyle and economic aspects of

Australian society and recreational fishers make up a considerable proportion of the Australian



Recreational fishers seek at all times to be environmentally responsible and ensure we operate

in an environmentally sustainable manner and follow environmentally responsible practices.

Nominations for the 2012 Recreational Fishing Awards are now open. The awards are presented

by Recfish Australia in association with the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA), the

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) and the Department of Agriculture,

Fisheries and Forestry and aim to recognise the considerable amount of time and effort devoted

to recreational fishing by community groups, fishing clubs, individuals, governments and



“Approximately 4 million Australians go fishing each year but few would know about the work

that goes on behind the scenes. Many of those involved with recreational fishing are volunteers

and do it for the love of fishing.” said Russell Conway, Chair of Recfish Australia.

Eight categories have been established including a new award, the “Most Successful Future

Leader Graduate” award. The Mal Ramsay (1930‐2006) Lifetime Service Award may also be

conferred in recognition of exceptional service to recreational fishing. Mal was a stalwart

supporter of recreational and sport fishing in Australia who dedicated thousands of hours to

help further the interests of recreational fishers.


The categories are:

Category 1 ‐ Excellence in Innovation and Leadership

Category 2 ‐ Excellence in Support for Research Outcomes

Category 3 ‐ Excellence in Recreational Fishing Communication

Category 4 ‐ Project of the Year

Category 5 ‐ Volunteer of the Year

Category 6 ‐Best project or initiative encouraging women &/or young people’s participation in


Category 7 ‐ Most Successful Future Leader Graduate


“There have been some outstanding nominations in the past years which have demonstrated

the level of commitment and dedication that the nominees have displayed, sometimes over

many years”. There is also some amazing scientific work that has been completed that has

assisted in the improvement of recreational fishing practices in Australia. This research has

contributed greatly to the development of environmentally and ecologically sustainable

recreational fishing methods and attitudes.


“We encourage anyone who knows of someone or a project or an initiative within the

recreational fishing industry that deserves recognition to put a nomination in.” said Russell



The awards will be presented at the National Recreational Fishing Conference.

Nominations forms are available from the National Recreational Fishing Conference website or downloaded directly.


National Recreational Fishing Conference Website

2012 Recfishing Awards – Application Pack

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