On Wednesday the 4th of October Fishcare Victoria and the Anderson Inlet Angling Club joined forces to run a “Come try Fishing Day” in Inverloch. Over 50 children accompanied by their parents and grandparents enjoyed the sunshine on the shores of Anderson Inlet to learn about sustainable recreational fishing. Both sessions were booked out and families had a great day out catching and releasing fish whilst enjoying the beauty of Anderson Inlet.

Fishcare Victoria State Coordinator Sarah Van Stokrom facilitated the event which included an education session about the rules and regulations of recreational fishing, how to identify and measure fish, how to safely handle fish, how to cast, fishing safety, using green tackle and other basic fishing tips.

“It is so rewarding to share the message of sustainable recreational fishing, educate first time and novice anglers and excite them about their local fishery” said Sarah. “Fishing is not just about catching fish, it’s a great way to connect with the environment and Fishcare facilitates this hands-on experience that gets kids and families hooked on sustainable fishing” said Sarah.

Fishcare Victoria is a non-profit, volunteer organisation funded by revenue from Victorian Recreational Fishing License sales and delivers free education programs to Victorian schools, holiday programs and communities across the state. There are currently established volunteer groups in the South West, East Gippsland, Melbourne, Central Highlands and Geelong and there has been much interest in establishing a regional group in the South Gippsland and La Trobe Valley Region. Members of these groups are provided with training and support to deliver the Fishcare program which includes “Come Try Fishing” clinics and sustainable fishing education activities and events to schools and communities.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and assisting in establishing a South Gippsland Regional Group, or if you would like to express your interest in participating in an activity, please visit www.fishcare.org.au for more information, like us on Facebook (FishcareVic) or contact the Sarah, the State Coordinator at svanstokrom@fishcarevictoria.org.au

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