Funding for charter boat industry gives the sector a boost

CHARTER: At the Bluff Boat Ramp in Victor Harbor are charter boat operators from Cape Jervis Jason and Luke Shepard with Minister David Basham (centre).
CHARTER: At the Bluff Boat Ramp in Victor Harbor are charter boat operators from Cape Jervis Jason and Luke Shepard with Minister David Basham (centre).

The state government has committed its second round of funding for SA charter boat operators.

A Fleurieu Peninsula charter boat operator based at Cape Jervis is one business that has benefited from the latest round of funding of $9,234.05.

Jason and Luke Shepard from Cape Fishing Charters said the funds would change the way they think.

"It will help us change the experience for our customers, as it adds diversity with what we can do," Jason said.

"We will be able to value add with the ability to offer food and refreshments."

The pair were ecstatic at the support it had received from the government and optimistic on fishing stocks into the future.

"This is a win for us and although it has been tough with fishing bans, we can see the future of fishing looks all right," Luke said.

The funding will enable Cape Fishing Charters to install new seating, a hand washing tap, weather protection and an upgrade of the cabin interior.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the government recognised the challenges the charter boat fishing industry faced.

"It is exciting to offer the charter boat industry the opportunity and funding to invest back into their business," Mr Basham said.

"Diversity is important and it helps the industry be sustainable and with the snapper ban and COVID impacting, this is a good news story for the industry."

Other operators to gain benefits from the funding and to assist with projects are J & K Newton Enterprises: $25,000 - upgrading existing vessel to provide more deck room, improved customer experience, ability to take on a wider range of sea conditions and potential to provide access to beaches, fishing locations and overnight camping areas; Pt Hughes Fishing Charters: $1,955.47 - expansion of current service to enable on board catering, ability to take on a wider range of sea conditions and make boat alterations including upgrade of boat survey; EP Cruises: $8903.78 - installation of a desalination unit to enable freshwater availability; Fuzzell's Fishing Adventures: $25,000 - an all-weather facility where clients can clean and cook their catch; Yorke Peninsula Fishing Charter: $13,800.41 - new motors, waders for clients, advertising materials, heaters to expand the tourism venture beyond fishing.

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