The federal government's Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee (RFAC) was asked to provide advice to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on the allocation of funding to projects which would give effect to major elements of a review of the 1994 National Recreational Fishing Policy. RFAC recommended, and the Minister subsequently endorsed in 2011, funding for 10 projects which address a number of the critical issues facing recreational fishing.
The 10 projects are;
  1. A coordinated national data collection for recreational fishing in Australia $550,000
  2. National education program $400,000
  3. Identifying the health and well-being benefits of recreational fishing $100,000
  4. Expanding the future leaders program $250,000
  5. A national conference on recreational fishing $100,000
  6. Development of a climate change implication paper for recreational fishers $100,000
  7. A national program for the roll-out of Angel Rings $100,000
  8. Improved consultations between government and the recreational fishing sector $50,000
  9. Developing a methodology for obtaining regular, statistically robust estimates of recreational and charter fishing catch of Southern Bluefin Tuna in Australian waters $100,000
  10. Monitoring the recreational take of shark species in Australian waters $40,000