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The $500,000 program is supporting South Australian charter boat operators impacted by the three-year fishing closure to replenish snapper stocks in our gulfs and the west coast.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the program is helping to strengthen the charter boat sector by co-investing in projects which enhance the tourism experience.

“South Australia’s charter boat sector plays an important role in our regional economies and we are backing these businesses to expand what they have to offer,” Minister Basham said.

“Our charter operators have a special understanding of their local area and a remarkable way to share those stories and experiences with visitors

“Despite the sector’s huge potential to generate tourism jobs, the charter boat industry was decimated by Labor’s repeated attacks on fishers, with charter boat clients falling 26 per cent between 2005-06 and 2017-18.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is co-investing with these charter boat businesses to reverse the damage and attract more tourists to experience what our pristine waters have to offer, which will boost regional economies and support local jobs.

“This program provides opportunities for charter operators to broaden the range of visitors who use their services, for instance, by improving facilities on board vessels or creating new tourism experiences we haven’t seen before.

“The State Government has recognised the closure of the snapper fishery for three years, whilst necessary for future stocks, has had an impact on this sector. This grants program is one of the measures we are rolling out to strengthen the sector.

“With over $200,000 granted in the first round, I look forward to another successful round of the program.”

The initiative provides for up to $25,000 in matched grants to successful charter boat businesses to diversify their market offering to visitors. For more information visit pir.sa.gov.au/fishing-for-tourism

Grant applications will be open from 1 March 2021 until midday on 16 April 2021.

Projects funded under Round 1