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South Australia looks to make most of recreational fishing boom


A new survey has been launched this week in South Australia to capitalise on the state’s boom in fishing tourism.

The survey will help plan for the sector’s growth and will deliver on an election commitment to develop an integrated strategy.

According to Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison, recreational fishing already contributes $380 million to the state’s visitor economy. “Hundreds of thousands of visitors head to our rivers, reservoirs and oceans each year to fish and we are looking to see what else can be done to better manage [the sector] and grow fishing experiences and destinations.

“Recreational fishing brings benefits to regional towns and communities, including extra money injected into pubs, cafes, caravan parks and shops.”

Primary Industries Minister Clare Scriven added that the state’s vast and often unique fishing opportunities were a big attraction to anglers.

The survey is a first step in the Government’s Recreational Fishing Tourism Strategy, due to be launched in March 2024.

The survey runs from June 20th to July 27th.

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