Nominations are now open for four positions on South Australia's peak recreational fishing advisory council, with an online election to be held to fill the vacancies.
Guided by an independent chairperson, the Minister's Recreational Fishing Advisory Council (MRFAC) provides direct feedback and advice to the state government on recreational fishing development, initiatives and policies.
Primary Industries Minister David Basham encouraged anybody passionate about recreational fishing who was willing to make a difference to put their name forward.
Mr Basham said fishing played a critical role in the economic and social fabric of South Australia, with the state government seeking to maximise opportunities for recreational fishers across the state.
"The MRFAC plays a vital role in helping to shape South Australia's recreational fishing future, representing fishers and providing advice to the state government in all matters that relate to recreational fishing and I'd encourage anyone with an interest to put their hand up," he said.
"We know that when people fish there are significant economic benefits because people often stay in regional communities, visit the local tackle shop and eat at local restaurants, which all support jobs.
"The council plays an important role in the discussion about recreational fishing and we are looking for people who are prepared to act in the best interests of the fishery as a whole rather than as an advocate for any particular organisation, interest group or regional concern."
Mr Basham said a key piece of work the MRFAC had recently delivered was the Recreational Fishing Strategy for South Australia, which outlined four pillars for the future of the sector - growth, delivery, partnerships, and knowledge and information.
He said that to ensure continuity of the MRFAC, four positions would be filled in this election and a further five positions would be up for election in 2022.
The nomination and election process will be run via the YourSAy platform, consistent with the inaugural elections in 2019.
Following the nomination period, candidates will be reviewed to ensure they meet selection criteria, and then eligible candidates will be put forward for a public vote.
Nominations close at 12pm on Friday, September 17 and can be made at yoursay.sa.gov.au/fishing.