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Aboriginal Students Receive Fishing Tips

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
8 November 2011, at 12:00am

AUSTRALIA - Local Aboriginal students will be taught about fishing rules and regulations and the importance of river health in bringing back native fish as part of a fishing workshop near Toomelah, in the States north, this week.

Anthony Townsend, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Native Fish Strategy Coordinator, said the fishing clinic for 60 Toomelah Public School students at Boobera Lagoon on Thursday, 10 November will form an integral part of the Basin-wide Native Fish Awareness week.

Native Fish Awareness week is a great opportunity for local communities to find out what is happening to help our native fish, whilst also offering them the opportunity to contribute, Mr Townsend said.

Events will be held across the Murray-Darling Basin throughout 5 - 12 November to highlight the importance of a coordinated approach in improving the health of our waterways."

The fishing workshop will not only be a great experience for the kids but also for the departments and individuals involved."

NSW DPI Fisheries Officers, as well members of the Native Fish Strategy team, will teach students about topics including the importance of habitat for native fish, bag and size limits, what fishing gear can and can't be used and why, and knot tying and casting techniques.

The workshop will be held in association with the Department of Community Services (DoCS) who will provide a BBQ lunch for the kids, while fishing equipment will be supplied through the Fishcare Volunteer programme, as well as local fishing businesses.

The fishing clinic will be held on Thursday 10 November from 11am 3pm, at Boobera Lagoon (approximately 13 km's west of Toomelah).

Native Fish Awareness Week is an initiative of the Murray-Darling Basin Authoritys Native Fish Strategy, and is being held across the Murray-Darling Basin to raise awareness about the health of waterways and the plight of native fish.

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