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MPAs: an Asset for the Recreational Fishing Industry

This trip provides a small group of individuals with the unique opportunity to experience the direct benefits for recreational fisheries of marine protected areas, spending day fishing on Sydney's beautiful harbour and offshore, and learning about the role of Marine Protected Areas in supporting sustainable fisheries. Not to mention eating superb MSC certified seafood!

The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, together with IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, have carefully selected one of the finest and most sustainable fishing companies in Sydney: Fishabout, an eco-fishing company, to take us out fishing on the ocean, and have invited a Sydney-based marine scientist and fisheries management expert Professor David Booth to share his knowledge on the relevance and importance of MPAs for recreational fisheries.

In order to whet the appetite of participants before they catch their own fish, a light lunch will be had at one of the city's renowned seafood restaurants: finefish. Participants will taste one of the best fish and chips in Sydney; prepared using only the finest MSC certified fish.

Learning opportunities:

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from and interact with a leading marine sciences professional, including Q&A session.
  • Increase their understanding of the role of MPAs in supporting recreational fisheries, and the need to manage fish stocks sustainably.
  • Increase their understanding of the science and practice of managing recreational fisheries.
  • Gain hands-on experience of the context and practice of Sydney recreational fishing.


New South Wales.
Sydney Harbour and Finefish seafood restaurant.


20 November (1 Day)


$280 per person

Field Trip Leader Contact

Name: Ildiko Molnar
Email: i.molnar@cic-wildlife.org


To view the itinerary click here.

Want to know more?

Visit the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation here.

Visit the IUCN website here.

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