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Whiting Fishing on Moreton Island with Martin Cowling
Created / Updated on Friday 17th of January 2014
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Suntag Milestone
Written by Judy Lynne
Created / Updated on Friday 19th of July 2013

Date 18 July 2013


Suntag passes million fish milestone


Suntag, one of the largest volunteer fish databases in the world, has passed a significant milestone with over 1 million fish records in the database.


Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, John McVeigh congratulated Infofish Australia and the Australian National Sportfishing Association Qld Inc and the more than 25,000 fishers who contributed recor .....
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You can Donate to Sunfish QLD via PayPal
Created / Updated on Monday 24th of June 2013

You can Donate to Sunfish QLD using the below PayPal Link.


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Recreational Fishing Charter ?
Written by Judy Lynne
Created / Updated on Thursday 13th of June 2013

Why do Aussie Recreational Fishers need a Charter?

Australia needs a National Charter for recreational fishing so that the important role recreational fishing plays within our community is recognized and enhanced by decision makers and the broader Australian community. 

There are an estimated 5 million recreational fishers
We contribute over $10 billion to the local and national economy
Recreational fishing a range of unvalued benefits to .....
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Chairmans Report
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Created / Updated on Friday 24th of May 2013



This is the new national body of which Sunfish Queensland is a founding member. The Foundation’s goals relate to recreational fishing in the national arena. This generally breaks down to access, education and promotion.

These are the objects of the Foundation.

To educate and promote the benefits of sustainable recreational fishing to the public to ensure the maintenance and growth of fish popula .....
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Geelong Star nominated to fish the small pelagic fishery
[1] 2015-02-17T14:15:09+00:00

 12 February 2015 - (-)

Media release from Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck


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Recreational fishers support Government’s action against listing of specific shark species ...
[2] 2015-01-21T09:10:31+00:00

 21 January 2015 - (-)

The Australia Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF), the peak national body representing Australia’s recreational fishing community, says that the federal Government’s intent not to list five species of shark, three thresher and two hammerhead species, as part of the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS) makes common and practical sense.

ARFF managing director Allan Hansard said: “Australia is a world leader in fisheries and conservation management and already has regulations in place at the national and state levels that provide for the protection of these species. These and other species are monitored and studied and where appropriate adjustments to management are made to maintain protection of these species.

‘The listing of these species under the CMS convention into the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Convention Act (EPBC Act) would also create unintended consequences for recreational fishers. If a recreational fisher, by chance, caught one of these species after it was listed he or she could face a potential $170,000 fine or a two year jail period.

“There are countries that do not have the high level of fisheries and conservation management that Australia has. In these countries these species are under real threat because of inappropriate fishing and conservation management.

“ARFF supports the true intent of the listing of these shark species under the CMS, which is to ensure these countries put in place appropriate fisheries management and conservation measures to protect these species.

“ARFF supports all efforts by Australian governments and non-government organisations to ensure these countries address these issues,” Mr Hansard concluded.

For more information:
Nicholle Smith
Mob: 0427 267 545


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Recreational Fishers Renew Support For Prime Minister’s Ban on Supertrawlers
[3] 2014-11-01T08:58:29+00:00

 30 October 2014 - (-)

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF), the national body representing Australia’s recreational fishing community, today reconfirmed its support for Prime Minister Tony Abbott's ban on supertrawlers. The Prime Minister announced his ban on these industrial fishing boats in March this year.

ARFF Managing Director Allan Hansard said:  “In recent weeks we have had a chance to review the most recent information on the management of the Small Pelagic Fishery from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). We are not convinced that there is sufficient new information to change our position on the industrial exploitation of this fishery.

“Our position has been clear on this issue. We seek a comprehensive scientific assessment before any decision is made on if or how the Small Pelagic Fishery should be fished, including:

  • The fish stocks, both aggregate and at defined regional levels;
  • Identification of any regional based sub stocks;
  • Their movement within the fishery boundaries;
  • The impact of varying intensities of commercial fishing on the fishery and food web and in particular the risk of localised depletion of small pelagics;
  • The economic and social impact of varying intensities of commercial fishing in the Small Pelagic Fishery on local existing commercial operations, recreational fishing opportunities and local communities bordering the fishery; and
  • The national benefits and opportunity costs of adopting an industrial scale commercial fishing model for the Small Pelagic Fishery.

“In summary, we are yet to be convinced that introducing industrial scale fishing practices to this fishery is the highest and best use of this natural resource, nor is it in the national interest.

“We are aware that the report from the Independent Scientific Panel detailing the impacts of industrial fishing is now with Government. However, unless the report sheds significant new light on the issue, we will continue to support the Prime Minister's decision to ban the supertrawlers from our waters,” Mr Hansard said.

For more information:
Nicholle Smith
Mob: 0427 267 545


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Obama leads the way on Recreational Fishing In Marine Parks
[4] 2014-10-01T16:00:00+00:00

01 Octoober 2014 - (-)

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation, the peak body representing Australia's recreational fishing community, has asked Prime Minister Tony Abbott and State and Territory leaders to follow the example set by US President Barak Obama and create marine protected areas that encourage recreational activities including recreational fishing, yet ban industrial activities such as mining and commercial fishing that are harmful to the marine environment.


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Coalition Government Delivers on Marine Park Promise to Australia's 5 Million Recreational Fishers
[5] 2013-12-14T17:00:26+00:00

14 December 2013 - (-)

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF), the peak national organisation representing Australia’s recreational fishing community, today welcomed the announcement by the Coalition Government, of a scientific review into the controversial Marine Park plans. If implemented the proposal, developed by the previous Labor Government, would have seen Australia’s 5 million recreational fishers locked out of 1.3 million square kilometres of Australian seas.


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Government Recommits to Election Promises For Recreational Fishers
[6] 2013-12-11T08:36:37+00:00

Recreational Fishing – Federal Politicians agree its Good for our Health, Great for the Environment and Fantastic for our Economy.

At the ARFF Parliamentary Breakfast touted to be one of the largest in recent times and attended by more than 100 Federal Politicians, government officials and recreational fishers, Government Ministers recommitted to election promises made to recreational fishers.


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This Election is a Referendum on Your Fishing Rights
[7] 2013-09-05T09:47:00+00:00

5 September, 2013 - PDF Version

The Australia Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF), the peak national body representing Australia’s recreational fishing community says this Saturday’s election is a referendum on the fishing rights of Australia’s 5 million recreational fishers.


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A Charter for Recreational Fishing in Australia
[8] 2013-08-16T09:47:00+00:00

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) is proud to launch its call for A Charter for Recreational Fishing in Australia.

With over 5 million Australians going fishing each year, recreational fishing ranks as our largest participation sport and lifestyle activity. Recent estimates reveal that Australians spend more than $10 billion annually on recreational fishing and much of it is spent in rural and regional Australia.


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Potential Marine National Park Expansions Proposed By Environment Groups
[9] 2013-08-13T14:02:59+00:00

Keep Australia Fishing reveals a map of the commonwealth marine national parks and potential extensions as proposed by several Australian and international environment groups.

the map can be found here: (-). 



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Recreational Fishers welcome Government response to Commonwealth Fisheries Review
[10] 2013-03-22T09:58:00+00:00

Media Release – 22 March 2013

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) has welcomed the recent Government response to the Review of Commonwealth Fisheries: Legislation Policy and Management (The Borthwick Review).


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Labor Government confirms the biggest lock out of Aussie Anglers in history
[11] 2013-03-15T10:02:00+00:00

Media Release – 15 March 2013

In tabling the Management Plans for the Commonwealth Marine Reserve the Labor Government has confirmed it supports and will implement the biggest lock out of Australian Anglers in history, and the Government has not provided a valid scientific, social or economic reason why.


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