Les Ryan will miss being able to share his knowledge and passion with recreational anglers in the Fraser Coast after funding was cut to the Fishcare Volunteer program. He is pictured handing out advice to holidaymakers Chris Slater with sons Ben and Matthew on the Urangan Pier.
Les Ryan will miss being able to share his knowledge and passion with recreational anglers in the Fraser Coast after funding was cut to the Fishcare Volunteer program. He is pictured handing out advice to holidaymakers Chris Slater with sons Ben and Matthew on the Urangan Pier. Robyne Cuerel

Anglers to miss out after cuts

RECREATIONAL anglers may be worse off after the Newman Government cut funding to a volunteer-led organisation that educates people about fishing.

Fishcare Volunteers work to raise community awareness about preserving fisheries resources and the need for an ethical approach to recreational fishing.

Its participants do everything from educate people about bag limits, to teaching youngsters how to tie a knot or rig a sinker.

On the Fraser Coast, the organisation was led by local leaders such as Les Ryan and his good friend Terry Waters.

Both had given to Fishcare for more than 15 years and did so because they believed in the program's message and loved the opportunity it gave them to interact with people.

But Mr Ryan said after more than a decade-and-a-half, the government had sent him a letter telling him his role was finished as of November 1.

"I think there was about a hundred-odd volunteers in the state and it will put more work on the fisheries guys," he said.

"I enjoy it immensely because you know, you see somebody struggling with something on the beach ... if you're there you can help them and they're grateful."

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh said the Fishcare Volunteer program had 130 participants, nine from the Wide Bay.

He said the program cost $125,000 a year to run and would wind down in line with the government's priority to cut spending.

Mr McVeigh said the savings would enable Fisheries Queensland to focus on its core legislative, policy and compliance roles.



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