26 September 2023

PIRSA drops line for Fishcare volunteers

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) has sent out a call for Riverland locals to join a program to help ensure South Australia’s oceans, rivers and lakes are cared for to be sustainable for future generations.

Inviting the locals to become ‘Fishcare’ volunteers, PIRSA said they would have a chance to contribute to the environment by aiding recreational fishers so they understand the State’s fishing rules and its management arrangements.

“Volunteers travel along the beach and river to share information about fisheries management arrangements including size, bag, and boat limits, and fishery closures,” the Department said

“They also give out gauges and information brochures,” it said.

“In the Riverland, local volunteers share information about fishing in both inland and coastal waters.”

The Department said Fishcare volunteers can be based anywhere, but it’s ideal if they have easy access to Berri, Barmera or Loxton.

“Anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in conserving our fisheries resources who is willing to help provide information to the fishing public, and give at least 50 hours of your time a year, can become a volunteer,” PIRSA said.

“Full training is provided, and no prior experience or knowledge of fishing is required.”

Anyone wanting to know more about the opportunity to be a Fishcare volunteer could have gone along to the Riverland Field Days but they can catch up by visiting the Department’s website which can be accessed at this PS News link.

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