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:
- To create, promote and support, the management of the stocking of water storage impoundments and water ways in the Pine Rivers Catchments areas with suitable fish species
- To encourage and assist the research pertaining to the biology and management of fish in natural and altered impoundments and waterways
- To protect and safeguard the environment and habitat of fish in the Pine Rivers Catchment areas
- To promote ethical and legal fishing practices
- To promote and encourage conservation with all anglers
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:
- Liaise with relevant government bodies to ensure best practice management of both fisheries and their continued development.
- Raise funds for the purchase of fish stock.
- Release appropriate fish stock in line with long term management plans.
- Recovery of stranded Lung Fish.
- Administer the boating access scheme for Lake Samsonvale.
- Assist fresh water fisheries research with data collection.
- Hold junior angler education days.
- Assist with Pine River Clean.
- Assist with organising and staging the Petrie Lions Australia Day Family Fishing Day.
- Promote our lakes and sustainable fishing practices.
- Report quarterly to SEQWater on BAS activities and fish capture data;
- Regularly maintain the BAS site and facilities;
- Construct and deploy Fish Attracting Devices (FADs).