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Kids Learn Fishing Skills At Dpi Workshop

Ken A

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Keen young anglers and would-be anglers in the Narrandera area can brush up on their fishing skills or learn how to fish at a special NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) fishing workshop being run on Friday 27 January.

The workshop is being held at NSW DPI Narrandera Fisheries Centre, Buckingbong Road, off the Sturt Highway, from 10 am to 3 pm.

The NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts provide funding for the workshop program, which dedicates more than $50 000 a year to ensure community engagement workshops continue across the State.

NSW DPI Manager of the Narrandera Fisheries Centre, Les Rava, said the fishing workshop run by fisheries staff would give children aged between eight and 14 years the chance to practise casting, rigging, tying knots and fishing.

“Youngsters will also learn about bag and size limits, aquatic habitats, threatened species and ethical fishing practices,” he said.

Mr Rava said fishing workshops were being held around the State as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to teaching children about recreational fishing and conservation.

“The Narrandera Fisheries Centre which includes a hatchery and grow-out ponds, The John Lake Centre for visitor education and aquariums, and a centre of excellence for research is the ideal place for community groups to learn more about fishing,” he said.

“The youngsters will get the chance to put their new skills into action by fishing for perch.

“They will also be able to fish in a pond specially stocked to improve their chances of a good catch.”

The cost is $40 a child, which includes a rod and reel and a bbq lunch.

Numbers are limited to a maximum of 30 and bookings are essential. To secure a place please telephone (02) 6959 9021 by Tuesday 24 January before 4 pm.


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