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.