Rockdale Host Fishing Workshop

Sunday was a busy day for members of Rockdale’s large Chinese community who participated in a workshop designed to increase awareness about the risks associated with rock fishing.

Surf Life Saving NSW is pleased to support this worthwhile initiative alongside Rockdale Council, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Advance Diversity Services, and Recreational Fishing Alliance NSW.

This joint initiative was especially tailored to the Chinese community in Rockdale and surrounding areas and is aimed to be multigenerational with children, working professionals, and elder relatives all encouraged to attend.

The workshop took place at Cooks Park as well as Ramsgate Beach on Sunday 20 September.

“With rock fishing fatalities continuing to be a concern along the New South Wales coastline any initiative that can help inform the public about the risks and help teach good techniques is something that is worth supporting,” Surf Life Saving NSW Community Education Officer Stacey Pidgeon said.

“Rock fishing while fun can be a dangerous activity, which is why we actively encourage everyone to wear lifejackets.

"The purpose of this workshop is to help communities who might not necessarily be familiar with the challenges unique to the Australian coastline feel more confident, which is why it is so important for multiple agencies to be involved," Ms Pidgeon concluded.

Participants were introduced to beach safety tips, rock fishing tips, and provided multi-lingual resources that they can distribute among their community, as it is hoped that the knowledge and experiences gained at this workshop can be shared among everyone.

Tue 22 Sep 2015