Rocky tournament leads the way
  |  First Published: December 2005

The Rocky Barra Bounty has become the first recreational fishing tournament to contribute to Recfish Australia’s Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Futures program.

“We are very excited that the first recreational fishing tournament has put their hand in the pocket and decided that research and development for the recreational fishing sector is a high priority and worthy of financial support,” John Harrison, CEO of Recfish Australia, said today.

“The Rocky Barra Bounty, held on the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton, has been a research oriented tournament since its inception seven years ago with tagged barramundi returned to the water to provide important data such as growth rates and movement patterns.”

The $500 contribution will be channelled through the state fisheries agency to the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), which will see the amount leveraged to at least double the original contribution.

The FRDC invests and manages in fisheries research and development and with their suite of programs for R & D it is not uncommon for the return on investment, over a period of time, to be as high as four or five to one - which means that each dollar could be turned into four or five.

“We are looking to other tournaments around Australia to contribute to this important element of the recreational fishing industry future needs. To show support for RDE is essential if the multitude of questions that remain are to be answered,” Mr Harrison concluded.

All enquiries on the program can be directed to John Harrison on (07) 3356 1111. – Recfish

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