Pine Rivers Fish Management Association
About the PRFMA
The PRFMA is a voluntary community-based fish stocking group established under the encouragement of the Queensland Government's Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Program. The objectives in the constitution, include, among other things:
PRFMA was formed after Rob Ackers, the then Mayor of Pine Rivers Shire Council, called for interested parties to discuss a program to enhance the fishery at Lake Samsonvale.Nine months later, PRFMA was incorporated as an association in November 1993. Even after this long period some original members still remain.
Raising funds to purchase stock for release has always been a challenge for the association, and this led to an approach to the owners of Lake Samsonvale, Seqwater to allow boating access under a permit scheme. After lengthy negotiations to ensure such access would be adequately managed, the PRFMA was granted a licence to establish the scheme in 2001.
Success of this scheme has allowed a great many more fingerlings to be released into Samsonvale and improve the quality of this fishery, along with allowing the association to establish better facilities at the access site.
Nearby Boral Quarries Petrie, has provided tremendous assistance and support in establishing these facilities and in recognition the Boating Access Scheme site was named "Boral Landing".
After some years of lobbying, permission was gained in 2007 to begin preparation and planning for a new recreational fishery at Lake Kurwongbah. A grant of $51000 was gained from the Federal Government Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries which allowed the lake to be stocked to full capacity in 2008.
Following is a short list of the tasks PRFMA undertakes each year: