Conference awards contributions to rec fishing

"CASTING towards tomorrow - keeping Australia fishing" is the theme of the National
Recreational Fishing Conference to be held next month August 17-19 on the Gold Coast.

Recreational fishing contributes greatly to the social, lifestyle and economic aspects of
Australian society and recreational fishers make up a considerable proportion of the Australian community.

Nominations for the 2012 Recreational Fishing Awards are also now open. The awards are presented by Recfish Australia in association with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and aim to recognise the considerable amount of time and effort devoted to recreational fishing by community groups, fishing clubs, individuals, governments and organisations.

"Approximately 4 million Australians go fishing each year but few would know about the work that goes on behind the scenes. Many of those involved with recreational fishing are volunteers and do it for the love of fishing." said Russell Conway, Chair of Recfish Australia.

Eight categories have been established including a new award, the "Most Successful Future
Leader Graduate" award. The Mal Ramsay (1930-2006) Lifetime Service Award may also be conferred in recognition of exceptional service to recreational fishing. Mal was a stalwart
supporter of recreational and sport fishing in Australia who dedicated thousands of hours to help further the interests of recreational fishers.

Another award being presented at the national conference is the inaugural Habitat Hero Award. The Fish Habitat Network (www.fishhabitatnetwork.com.au) is sponsoring this award recognising recreational fishing involvement in habitat work. To nominate, send in a short summary of any project you feel should be considered, and some pictures. (Nomination forms available at website above.

The categories are:
Category 1 Excellence in Innovation and Leadership
Category 2 Excellence in Support for Research Outcomes
Category 3 Excellence in Recreational Fishing Communication
Category 4 Project of the Year
Category 5 Volunteer of the Year
Category 6 Best project or initiative encouraging women &/or young people's participation in fishing
Category 7 Most Successful Future Leader Graduate
Category 8 Mal Ramsay Lifetime Achievement Award

"We encourage anyone who knows of someone or a project or an initiative within the
recreational fishing industry that deserves recognition to put a nomination in." said Russell
Conway.

The awards will be presented at the National Recreational Fishing Conference.
Nominations forms are available here or from the National Recreational Fishing Conference website http://recfishing2012.com.au

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