Why do over 700,000 Western Australians participate in recreational fishing each year?
Probably because it’s fun, physical, takes in the wonderful outdoor environment and can often provides a healthy meal!
Having a disability shouldn’t be a barrier to being able to enjoy this opportunity. There are a variety of ways to become involved in fishing, depending on how serious you would like your fishing experience to be. You may enjoy participating in one of our many Fishability activities, either from a jetty platform or aboard one of our wheel chair accessible vessels - the 'Nev Thomas' pontoon moored at the Royal Perth Yacht Club or the Princess Royal Sailing Club vessel, 'The Responder'.
Fishability also deliver the Fishability School Aged Children's Program, supported by Act, Belong, Commit and the Recreational Fishing Initiative Fund, specifically tailored to Education Support Centres. With a team of qualified and trained volunteers, we offer the opportunity for students to learn skills, gain confidence, socially interact and create awareness of our environment.
Our Fishability activities are provided at no cost and are fully supported by Fishability. Just access the Fishability calendar in your region and contact the coordinator to discuss the opportunity for you to participate at an upcoming activity.
Perhaps you would prefer to find an accessible fishing location using our “Fishability Map” and head off fishing with family or friends.
Once you’re “hooked” on fishing you might want to join a local fishing group or club; or maybe even get a group together and start your own! We can help you to connect with your local Fishing Club with the support of industry partner, Recfishwest http://recfishwest.org.au/
If you choose to join a Fishability activity, we require participants to be a minimum of 1.2 metres high for the vessel activities, and recommend the same minimum height for the jetty activities and participants are expected to be accompanied by a support worker.
Participants are required to wear enclosed shoes and wear suitable clothing in accordance to the weather conditions.
Our activities are SunSmart and we encourage every participant, support worker and volunteer to adhere to our SunSmart policy. https://fishability.org.au/policies-and-publications/.
We will be supplying all fishing equipment with Personal Flotation Devices made available if required.
Fishability adhere to a Catch, Click, Release policy on the fish caught at our activities.
Fishability volunteers are on hand to assist participants with all fishing needs. We encourage support workers to assist participants with personal needs.
Fishability is very happy to provide any knowledge, information or assistance, that may help community members become actively involved in recreational fishing.
Along with our event partners Department of Industry and Regional Development https://dpird.wa.gov.au/ and Recfishwest https://recfishwest.org.au/ and Act, Belong, Commit https://www.actbelongcommit.org.au/ we hope you enjoy your experience with Fishability.