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Kids Fishing Day 2017
Created / Updated on Wednesday 20th of September 2017

With funds provided by Fisheries Queensland we were once again able to conduct our Kid's Fishing Program. Due to their popularity we needed more instructors so ran our 12th Level 1 Angler Education Course. This year our Level 1 Angler Ed Instructor Course saw 12 new instructors complete their training. The course was held at Kedron Wavell Services Club and all graduates have since run respective events.

This program we saw 1374 children attend an event with 776 parents or carers assisting and 321 coaches and instructors. We have now seen 30 events run across Moreton Island, Caloundra, Croydon, Georgetown, Toowoomba Barra Farm, Lake Cooby, Charters Towers, Camooweal, Julia Creek, Mt. Isa, Tin Can Bay, Paradise Dam, Bribie Island, Wivenhoe, Deception Bay, Roma St Parklands, Callide Dam, Southport, Quart Pot Creek, Raby Bay, Hayes Inlet, Paradise Point and Dawson River. As you can see they cover saltwater and freshwater and range from south east Queensland to the far north, the Gulf and the west.

The events run have been located across the length and breadth of the State and have also penetrated into most socio-economic groups.

It was a great year with respect to favourable weather and attendance. It was also encouraging to see new organizations running events.

Feedback from attendees, parents, carers, coaches and instructors was unanimously supportive and constructive. In that vein I need to forward on the thanks to Fisheries Queensland and the Minister that were directed through us on the value of this program to their communities. For more information please download the 23 page PDF report

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Lessons
Created / Updated on Thursday 8th of June 2017

Here you can download Sunfish Queensland Lesson Documents.
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Response to the Green Paper Recommendations
Written by Sunfish
Created / Updated on Monday 10th of October 2016

Sunfish Queensland supports the review into the management protocols of Fisheries Queensland. We do however believe that our fisheries stocks are generally in good health when compared in an international context. To maintain the healthy stocks and improve those in lesser abundance management of our fisheries needs to move forward and not cling to processes of the past.

We support the vision, goals and areas of reform proposed but the greatest challenges will be resourcing, data, community acceptance and keeping the reform external to the election process.

Our commercial fisheries need to be overhauled so that they have less operators and they are redesigned to better operate in a consumer environment that has a strong focus on socially and environmentally sustainably caught seafood. This will help to ensure greater profitability within commercial fisheries for the operators and make the career of “commercial fisherman” a viable career choice.

To read the full 6 page response, please download the PDF

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2014-15 Sunfish Queensland Grand Projects
Written by Judy Lynne
Created / Updated on Wednesday 14th of September 2016

This year the weather was considerably more favourable to us. Kid’s Fishing Days were run covering coastal, estuarine, fresh water and impoundments. These events were attended by about 978 kids, 208 instructors and coaches and 154 parents and carers. Each child attending received tackle specific to the local conditions. There were taught how to both use that tackle and care for it. On the days, lunch was provided and varied from the traditional sausage sizzle to red claw on the barbie caught that day.

It is impossible to pick out a group that had the most fun. Smiles were enormous on all the faces. In this report I have included a selection of the individual reports from events. From the photos you can see that there were a large cross section of children covering, boys and girls, indigenous and also those from socially, physically and emotionally disadvantaged sectors. For those last three groups, these days are probably the most important. In addition this year we ran a Level 1 Instructor’s Course on the first weekend in May. We now have an additional 13 Level 1 instructors. Those that attended that course have already run events for their organizations. These new instructors came from all across the state, including Mount Isa, Mareeba, Caloundra, Toowoomba, Mackay and the southeast. As an aside, modules from our Level 1 Instructor’s course, that include the templates on which our kid’s fishing days are run have this year been included in the national angler education resource database.

Sunfish Queensland wishes to acknowledge the valuable support provided by the provision of this grant funding. Educating our next generations on the valuable resource that they need to protect is extremely important. Equally important is the ability to pass traditional knowledge and skills onto children that may not have those in their family networks that are able to do so, given the changing demographics in our society. We also can’t forget the tremendous opportunities provided for families with children who have difficult circumstances. These families are discovering a pastime that they can enjoy as a unit, irrespective of physical or emotional disadvantages.

Kind Regards
Judy Lynne
Executive Officer
Sunfish Queensland Inc

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2016 Program Report
Created / Updated on Wednesday 14th of September 2016

This program we saw 1287 children attend an event with 876 parents or carers assisting and 311 coaches and instructors. Events were held from one end of the state to the other. Some of these locations were Moreton Island, Bribie Island, Hayes Inlet, Raby Bay, Wivenhoe Dam, Cabbage Tree Creek, Caloundra, Burketown, Cloncurry, Mt. Isa, Dawson River, Paradise Dam, Kearney Springs, Broadwater, Quart Pot Creek, Mareeba, Townsville and Roma Street Parklands. It was a great year with respect to favourable weather and attendance. It was also encouraging to see new organizations running events.

Feedback from attendees, parents, carers, coaches and instructors was unanimously supportive and constructive. In that vein I need to forward on the thanks to Fisheries Queensland and the Minister that were directed through us on the value of this program to their communities.

Download the Program Report 2016 for further details on each event (with photos).

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