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We fish, we care

FISHCARE Victoria is a community-operated not-for-profit working to promote responsible fishing practices and increased stewardship of Victoria’s aquatic environments, funded through the Recreational Fishing Licence trust fund.

Enthusiastic volunteers operate with regional groups across Victoria, from Warrnambool in the west to Ballarat and as far east as Mallacoota, engaging with communities since 1995, with the motto ‘We Fish, We Care’

Fishing is one of the most popular recreational pursuits in the country. The organisation aims to promote responsible approaches to fishing and to share in the care and management of our precious aquatic environments.

Shaping the sustainable future of recreational fishing in Victoria through education, hands-on experiences, communication and community participation is their mission statement.

The group works closely with the Victorian Fisheries Authority and other organisations such as the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Catchment Management Authorities, Landcare, Coastcare, local government, VR Fish and associated angling clubs, and many schools and disability support services.

Fishcare provides local communities with family-friendly educational experiences and activities like learn-to-fish clinics and festivals, school holiday programs, catch and release competitions and joins other groups on local environmental projects.

The prime objectives of Fishcare Victoria are –

  • encourage recreational fishers to adopt sustainable behaviours and attitudes that conserve and protect fish stocks and increase community stewardship;
  • inform the community about threats affecting the sustainability of Victorians fish stocks, the integrity of fish habitats and aquatic ecosystems;
  • participate in activities that support sustainable recreational fishing practices and opportunities, improved environmental outcomes and collection of research data;
  • promote sustainable recreational fishing as a socially beneficial and inclusive activity;
  • maintain a public fund to be called Fishcare Victoria Public Fund to support the environmental objectives and goals of Fishcare Victoria.

Story source: fishcare.org.au

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Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities with another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years of experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities.

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