Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance (MRFA) has won the 2016 Australia Day Environmental Achievement Award.
Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance (MRFA) involves recreational fishers, dedicated to promoting and improving recreational fishing in our local Mackay region. Our Angler Education division volunteer their time to educate local children about sustainable and responsible fishing practices. This is achieved through:
- School fish programme.
- Annual take a kid fishing day.
- MRFA and Tackle World kids fishing competition.
- Conducting fishing excursions for people with disabilities.
The MRFA School fish program has educated over 9000 school children over the last 10 years. This involves volunteer team members spending time in the classroom, educating the children of all aspects of angling. These classes teach the children everything from how to assemble and care for fishing equipment, to bag limits, size limits and even crocodile awareness. Environmental responsibilities is a large part of this session, always clean up any litter and only leave your footprints. This classroom activity is followed by a field trip down to one of our local creeks or beaches where the students can put into practice their newly acquired theory, where our volunteers are on the job again assisting and educating. These classes are traditionally completed during the cooler months to assist with sun safety.
The children value the extensive knowledge that is passed down from our team members which in turn will influence their future recreational fishing trips. MFRA strives to teach responsible and sustainable fishing techniques.