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New women in Recreational Fishing Network

by Nick Foster 8 Mar 07:08 UTC
Women in Recreational Fishing Network' has been launched on International Women's Day © Nick Foster

An innovative new 'Women in Recreational Fishing Network' has been launched on International Women's Day to encourage more females into fishing and promote the popular pastime as a healthy and active outdoor activity for the entire family.

Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) Chief Executive Officer Travis Dowling said a dedicated social media group on the VFA Facebook page will be central to the new network.

"The new Facebook group is here to provide a place for females to discuss, share and engage with other women interested in recreational fishing," Mr Dowling said.

"Females of all ages, fishing skill levels and experience can join the group, post pictures and stories, and learn from one another in a supportive digital environment."

"The new group will be a wonderful place for women from all walks of life to talk fishing, whether that's simply sharing a video on how to tie a knot or asking for tips on rigging and baits."

The Facebook group is part of the State Government's Target One Million plan, which is investing a record $46 million to get more people fishing, more often, and grow participation to one million by 2020.

The formation of the group is a direct result of the VFA's 'Women in Fishing Survey' last year, which was completed by nearly 1,400 women.

Amongst the survey feedback, women indicated they wanted a comfortable place to discuss fishing and get advice from other females who were already wetting a line or diving.

Check out the new group at or learn more at

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