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Do you enjoy or would you like to learn more about fishing? If you are aged 8–14 years old you can get involved in the Fishcare program at Ballina and Kingscliff and learn about safe fishing and how to fish sustainably.

The Fisheries education program, Fishcare, has been set up to teach kids about how to handle and identify fish as well as how to tie tie knots and rigs as well as how to make that perfect cast.The workshop is followed by lunch and then a spot of fishing.

Workshops will be held at Kingscliff, Cudgen Foreshore Park/Jack Julius Park on March 17 and in Ballina at Faulks Reserve on April 18.

‘The cost is $40 and in return the child receives a good quality rod and reel, tackle box, shirt, wide brimmed hat and info showbag,’ said Milan Duwenhogger-Lange who is the  Education Officer for the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

For more information contact Milan at [email protected] or phone 0458 274 876.

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  1. Great Work Fisheries with this education program.


    Notables such as:

    Cast lines AWAY from foraging seabirds and Pelican.

    Take home all discarded line and dispose of it correctly.

    Avoid leaving fishing rods and line set up on the bank with the owner away somewhere. STAY WITH YOUR FISHING GEAR.

    Remove all plastic bait bags and carry bags and bin them.

    If an injured sea bird or Pelican is sighted in the Tweed Coast region please phone

    Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers 24 hour hotline 0266724789

  2. Another brilliant idea !
    …..And if this is successful, perhaps you could go on to educate the commercial fishing industry,responsible for decimation of fish-stocks with indiscriminate trawling and habitat destruction.
    I am sure Mr Milan Duwenhogger-Lange would also have some suggestions to make about the semi-permanent beach nets ,supposedly to help with tourist numbers but in reality killing scores of endangered species while having no effect on beach safety.
    Go, Milan Duwenhogger-Lange , G”)

  3. False advertising! This is not “Fishcare”, it is fishkill.

    Do we really want our kids to grow up thinking that killing and maiming animals is fun? Children have a natural love of animals, and teaching them that it’s OK to watch a small, defenceless animal suffocate to death with a hook in his mouth is likely to lead them to believe that it’s OK to torment smaller friends or siblings.

    Take them for a bushwalk or to identify local birds as an introduction to nature. Don’t teach them to kill for kicks.


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