Jon Ford

Jon Ford

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

    Free fishing clinics about to cast off in the North-West

    4/07/2005 12:00 AM

    Fisheries Minister Jon Ford today unveiled a new purpose-built trailer at the launch of Recfishwest’s northern fishing clinic tour.

    Mr Ford congratulated Recfishwest on the launch of the trailer, which will store fishing rods, reels and tackle as well as resource materials.

    “Hundreds of Western Australian children are expected to learn how to fish at these clinics, which will promote the catch-and-release concept,” he said.

    The northern tour will start in Carnarvon on July 12, with clinics to be held in eight towns.

    The clinics will finish Broome on July 27 and will be followed by a southern tour later this year.

    The Minister said volunteer fisheries liaison officers (VFLOs) would also run clinics at Jurien and Shark Bay.

    Executive director of Recfishwest Frank Prokop said they were looking forward to increasing the presence of fishing clinics in regional areas.

    "These clinics are fantastic and the whole community gets behind them,” Mr Prokop said.

    “We recently ran a clinic in Kununurra which had a real festival atmosphere.

    “With additional funds from Healthway, the clinics are providing an opportunity for thousands of kids to learn how to fish responsibly and look after the fish, the environment and their own health.”

    Mr Prokop thanked the Government for supporting fishing clinics run by both Recfishwest and the VFLO program.

    Mr Ford said the clinics were another way the Gallop Government was helping to protect and enhance WA’s unique lifestyle and environment.

    Full details of the fishing clinics are available from: Frank Prokop, Executive Director Recfishwest, Mobile: 0419 949 118 or 9387 7864.

    Minister's office: 9425 4200