Angling participation rises by 15% in South Australia
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Recreational fishing is on the rise in South Australia (SA). A survey in the region has revealed a 15% rise in participation and is further good news for the tackle industry following a study in Queensland published a week earlier and showing a similar increase.
The results of the SA survey reveal that nearly one in six South Australians – or 277,000 people – took part in recreational fishing over a 12-month period.
Fisheries Minister, Leon Bignall, welcomed the figures, saying: “That’s an increase of 40,000 people since the survey was last undertaken five years ago. Recreational fishing remains a vital economic driver for coastal towns and communities.
“Tackle shops and boating businesses, as well as local stores, hospitality and tourism operators, all benefit. The results also show fishing is capturing the attention of more young people, with five to 14-year-olds the highest participation group.
“It’s great to see so many young South Australians getting out on the water and developing a healthy respect for our fisheries.”
RecFish SA Executive Director, David Ciaravolo, commented: “This updated snapshot of recreational fishing data provides valuable insights and we are pleased to see it shows an increase in participation, particularly among young people.”
The survey also reveals that boat fishing is now more popular than shore fishing.