OzFish Unlimited, Australia’s recreational fishing charity, is hosting a unique fishing event in Burrill Lake on the NSW South Coast where local anglers get to contribute to conservation through wetting a line.
The free community event will take place at Burrill Lake at 9am on Saturday 11 March. Participants will get to hear about the best places to fish on the lake and participate in a family friendly comp with giveaways and prizes up for grabs.
Ryan Lungu, OzFish Program Manager for NSW Coast, says that the Fishing for Science event is a great opportunity to wet a line and help inform restoration needs in the area.
“At OzFish we know the better the habitat, the better the fishing and Burrill Lake is a great example. We can obviously do better by restoring vital fish habitat like saltmarsh and the science can help direct our efforts”, said Ryan.
“One part of the solution lies with the very locals who fish Burrill Lake. Local anglers can contribute by providing a small flesh sample from their catch to researchers to help determine the importance of saltmarsh in the fish’s diets.
Over 70 percent of all recreationally targeted saltwater fish species are thought to rely on saltmarshes for at least some of their life cycle.
“We really need to have the science guide our conservation work and this event is a great opportunity to come out and just have a fish with friends and family in the name of science.
“Catch anything legal and you’ll be contributing to science – it’s a win, win,” said Ryan.
Other activities on the day will include prizes for the best catch, free giveaways and a BBQ lunch in the park for those taking part afterwards.
If you want to attend this event, register below. Fish samples are available for collection anytime of the year by contacting OzFish on 1800 431 308 or .Register now