Hobart welcomed 150 delegates for The Australian Recreational Fishing Conference 2019, on the 10th to the 12th of December this year. The conference focused on how the average fisher can influence the future of recreational fishing through citizen science projects.

Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems Scientist, Associate Professor Sean Tracey, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), worked with Business Events Tasmania to secure the conference.
“The National Recreational Fishing Conference provides a platform for recreational fishers, scientists and fisheries managers to come together and learn from each other on both the opportunities and challenges facing recreational fishers and fisheries around Australia.”

Coinciding with the World Fly Fishing Tournament happening from the 30th of November to the 8th of December, the conference provided a platform for Tasmania’s brightest minds to share their stories to a national audience.

“This year, the conference theme is focusing on recreational fishers engaging with science. It is exciting that this theme coincides with hosting the conference in Tasmania as our fisheries research community here have an internationally recognised profile as being leaders in the field of recreational fisheries research and a strong track record of close collaboration and engagement with the sector.”