Recreational fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in NSW, with over one million individual anglers and hundreds of fishing clubs and associations.

The Recreational Fishing Alliance of New South Wales (RFA) was established in 2000 by a group of recreational fishing organisations that had different angling interests but a common desire to have a united voice in the management of recreational fisheries in NSW.

About us
The aims of the RFA are:
• To represent the interests of the recreational anglers of NSW and to gain equitable representation in the management of the State’s recreational fisheries.
• To promote sustainable fishing practices throughout NSW.
• To encourage the participation of children in recreational fishing.
• To pursue and secure the rights of recreational anglers to fishing access in NSW waters.
• To encourage recreational anglers to become involved in the well-being of the fishery.
• To promote consultation and communication between government bodies and anglers.
• To promote fishing safety.

The RFA has a mission to be recognised as the peak recreational fishing body in NSW. In the pursuit of this mission the RFA has set two goals: to deliver leadership to the recreational fishing community; and to contribute to sustainability of our fisheries resource.

Executive members and delegates to the RFA are actively involved in a wide range of fishing organisations and government consultative committees, including:
• Recfish Australia
• NSW DPI’s Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing
• NSW DPI’s Recreational Fishing Freshwater Trust Expenditure Committee
• NSW DPI’s Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust Expenditure Committee
• NSW DPI’s Estuary General Management Advisory Committee
• NSW DPI’s Estuary Prawn Trawl Management Advisory Committee
• NSW DPI’s Trout Allocation Committee
• NSW DPI’s Snowy Lakes Working Group
• NSW Maritime’s Recreational Vessel Advisory Group
• Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority
• Australian Water Safety Council

The RFA is constantly in consultation with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) and other departments and agencies of the NSW government. We represent anglers on issues as diverse as fishing regulations, fishing safety, junior fishing, submarine cable exclusion zones, safe consumption of seafood and angling in marine parks.

The RFA also disseminates information within the fishing community, distributing electronic bulletins linking anglers to information on draft zoning plans, meeting dates, consultation processes and a raft of other relevant information to encourage anglers to get involved and participate in the well-being of the fishery.


Stan Konstantaras- Chairman/President
Max Castle - Vice President/Public Officer
Peter Gibson - Secretary
Malcolm Poole - General Committee and Safety Officer
Terry Maloney - General Committee

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The RFA is the peak representative body made up of member associations in NSW such as the Australian National Sportfishing Association (NSW Branch), New South Wales Fishing Clubs Association, New South Wales Council of Freshwater Anglers and the NSW Underwater Skindivers and Fisherman’s Association.

Individuals can also become members of the RFA.

Individual anglers, clubs and associations cannot afford to be left out of the information loop, and with many organisations contributing to and sharing the information pool, we are all better informed and prepared.

Membership enables you to:
• Have a say in formulating recreational fishing policies and the development of recreational fishing in NSW
• Keep up to date on issues relating to recreational angling via our website and email bulletins
• Have your issues raised at the highest levels within government departments and agencies
• Attend the quarterly and annual general meetings of the RFA

Join us now. Click here to download a membership brochure and application form.

Click here to download a copy of the RFA of NSW constitution in PDF form.
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