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Recreational Fishing Grants To Enhance Industry

Applications will open tomorrow for the $1 million NT Recreational Fishing Grants Scheme, which is designed to create new recreational fishing opportunities across the Territory.

Grants of up to $100,000 are available for Territory-based, not-for-profit organisations to implement projects that will help grow and support recreational fishing in the NT.

The scheme is part of the Government’s $50 million investment in recreational fishing, which is supporting the growth of the sector to create jobs.

 Potential projects that could be eligible for funding include: 

In 2018 the Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory successfully applied for three grants, which helped open up access to a new fishing spot near Katherine.

Other successful applicants last year included Darwin Game Fishing Club, Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club, Palmerston Game Fishing Club and Rapid Creek Landcare Group Inc.

Applications for the 2019 scheme open tomorrow, 15 May, and close on 31 July. For more information visit or email

Quotes from Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Paul Kirby:

“Recreational fishing is an important way of life in the Territory.

“The Territory Labor Government is investing in the Recreational Fishing Grants Scheme to ensure we create jobs and new fishing opportunities for anglers.

“Applications are welcome from councils, fishing clubs, Traditional Land Owners, incorporated bodies and businesses.”

Quotes from AFANT Chief Executive Officer, David Ciaravolo:

"The NT Recreational Fishing Grants are a great opportunity for the fishing community to turn their project ideas into reality.

"We have been proud to demonstrate how the grants program can deliver great value in terms of bang for buck and return to the community.

 "The success of Gone Fishing Day in 2018, an event that brought the community together for a celebration of all things fishing in the centre of Darwin, was in no small part due to the funds made available through the NTRFGS.”

Media Contact: Carl Pfeiffer 0417 910 720