Your fees at work 2015-16
Every year the Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL) Trust Account allocates the fees you pay for a fishing licence to projects that directly improve recreational fishing in Victoria.
Large grants program
Through the 2015/16 round of the Recreational Fishing Grants Program - Large Grants Program, $944,004.14 will be allocated to the following 16 projects.
Port Phillip ($314,439)
$76,939 over three years to partner with recreational fishers in a tagging program to understand the movements of Victorian King George whiting to their spawning areas.
$90,500 over one year to install three fishing platforms at Tooradin.
$147,000 over two years to create living shellfish reefs and rebuild fish habitat in Port Phillip Bay.
$24,620 over one year to build a fishing platform at Weir Park, Horsham.
$63,000 over one year to build a fishing jetty at Warracknabeal.
South West ($100,000)
$14,500 over one year to model the impacts of fish reduction on population size and structure of redfin in Lake Purrumbete.
$15,500 over one year for a pilot Multicultural Responsible Fishing Program.
$70,000 over one year for a boat ramp and fishing platform on the Surry River at Narrawong.
$22,210.14 over three years to conduct a blackfish translocation assessment in the Tarwin River.
$28,735 over one year to install two fish cleaning tables at Crouch's Inlet, Warneet.
$100,000 over one year to install instream habitat in the Mitchell River.
$25,000 over one year for a flathead stock enhancement feasibility study.
$30,000 over one year to develop a marine fish habitat map for Victoria.
$54,000 over one year for the continuation of the State-wide Angler Diary Program.
$62,000 over one year for marine and estuarine finfish recreational fisheries monitoring.
$120,000 over three years to deliver a 'Creating Sustainable Anglers' Program.
Commissioning grants program
The following project will be funded through the 2015/16 round of the Recreational Fishing Grants Program - Commissioning Grants Program.
Communication and Compliance Products
The aim of this project is to continue the range of products that assist recreational fishers to understand and comply with fishing rules, without having to refer to legislative documents that are often difficult to comprehend.
The cost of this project is $192,674.43, whereby The Victorian Fisheries Authority would produce and distribute the following products to recreational anglers:
- 200,000 copies of the 2017 Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide;
- 150,000 fish length ruler stickers;
- 15,000 'Know your limits' pocket cards, in four different languages;
- 11,000 abalone, rock lobster and spiny crayfish measures in four different languages;
- 5,000 Murray cod length/weight rulers
- 3,000 abalone pocket cards;
- 1,000 abalone dive tags; and
- 400 metal fish length rulers.
Other RFL trust account expenditure
During 2015/16, RFL revenue will also fund:
- Recreational fisheries field services (state-wide);
- The purchase and liberation of native and salmonid fish, made in consideration of, and to complement the planned annual stocking program conducted by The Victorian Fisheries Authority;
- Recreational Fishing Grants Program - Small Grants Program;
- The administration of the RFL and the Grants Programs;
- Fishcare Victoria Inc.;
- RFL sales commissions; and
- RFL and RFGP-related community information.
A report is tabled in Parliament in October each year concerning all RFL Trust Account revenue and expenditure. The Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Account 2015/16 Report is available for revenue spent in that and previous years.