NSW Department of Primary Industries

04/15/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/15/2019 00:52

Fishing in the limelight at 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show

15 Apr 2019

Recreational fishing will be in the spotlight at the Sydney Royal Easter Show with this year's NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) stand dedicated to showcasing the fun and exciting world of DPI Fisheries.

Acting NSW DPI Deputy Director General of Fisheries, Dave McPherson said DPI's 'Fish on Show' stand covers recreational fishing, commercial fishing and aquaculture and has plenty of hands-on educational experiences for the whole family.

'We're celebrating fishing because it's a fun and healthy, outdoor activity for people of all ages across NSW,' Mr McPherson said.

'The kids will love the interactive fishing games at the stand where they can catch their own pretend fish, learn to tie a fisherman's uni-knot, and measure their catch of the day.

'Our fishers of the future can also check out a genuine set of shark teeth, learn more about eating local seafood and watch some amazing videos about how NSW is leading the world in fisheries research.

'The Sydney Royal Easter Show offers an amazing opportunity for DPI Fisheries to connect with the community, with around 850,000 people visiting the Show each year.

'Many of the visitors to our stand will not know that fishing is worth $5 billion annually for NSW, and our seafood industry generates over half a billion dollars of economic activity each year and employs more than 4,000 people.

'This is a great chance to teach the community about the importance of our local fishing industries, and inspire future generations to get involved in fishing.'

The DPI's 'Fish on Show' stand is located in the Food Farm Pavilion.

DPI is a 'Blue Ribbon Partner' of the Show, and sponsors the District Exhibits, Schools District Exhibits, Food Farm Exhibit, President's Medal and Fine Food Shows.

DPI has been involved with the Sydney Royal Easter Show for decades and is proud to partner with the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) to bring the country to the city.

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