Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    A special tribute paid to Fisheries volunteers

    9/05/2005 12:00 AM

    Fisheries Minister Jon Ford has paid tribute to the many Western Australians who volunteer their spare time to serve the community, especially Volunteer Fisheries Liaison Officers with the Department of Fisheries.

    Speaking in Mandurah at the start of National Volunteer Week, Mr Ford said the Department of Fisheries’ Volunteer Fisheries Liaison Officers (VFLOs) were renowned for their commitment to the ‘Fish for the future’ message and worthy of distinction and praise.

    “Our VFLOs play a very important role in the Government’s efforts to sustain WA’s fisheries resources and, since the inception of the VFLO program in 1994, they have contributed to many positive changes in community attitudes and behaviour to the aquatic environment,” he Ford said.

    “About 150 registered VFLOs throughout the State play a major role in educating the WA community in ethical fishing practices, such as catch care, and in promoting sustainable fishing and fish habitat conservation.”

    VFLOs conduct fishing clinics at schools and in the community, fishing workshops - including sessions for fishers with disabilities - and participate in other community activities where information brochures and leaflets are given out at displays and to fishers at boat ramps and other popular fishing spots all year round and in all weather.

    “Their contribution of time and effort is invaluable,” the Minister said.

    “This dedication should never be underestimated, so thank you to all our VFLOs for your enthusiasm and outstanding work.”

    Earlier this year, the Department of Fisheries received $100,000 from the Minister’s Development and Better Interest Fund to support existing VFLO programs throughout the State, including regional educational tours to Shark Bay, the Mid-West and the Goldfields, and to develop 'Fish for the future' resources. About $20,000 is targeted for the Fishers with Disabilities Program.

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