Learn about sustainable fishing at Tocal Field Days

Knowing what fruit and vegetables are in season is one thing.

But what about fish? 

The realm of fishing in the Hunter will be the theme at Tocal Field Days next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Slow Food Hunter Valley leader Amorelle Dempster has praised the move, saying the not-for-profit group urged organisers to look at the protein source. 

We’re hoping to get the message out there about what is local and seasonal – as we’ve done with vegetables – with fish so when they go to the fish markets, or go fishing, they are more informed about what are local species and where they are caught,

Slow Food Hunter Valley leader Amorelle Dempster

“We have quite a coastline in the Hunter as well and we don’t recognise it as being part of our food bowl. 

“This whole emphasis is to show that fish is an important part of our diet and supporting the local fish industry and the local species is also very important – it’s a whole education about what we call Slow Fish.”

Fishing lessons at the Tocal Homestead lagoon will be on offer along with tips to bait different types of fish and the requirements around catch and release.

Ms Dempster said fishing was a popular recreational activity that offered lessons in patience and respecting food sources.

Teaching people how to fish – it’s like teaching people how to grow vegetables - so they can take as much as they need for their own needs.They respect it because they have gone out for the day to fish so they can feed themselves,

Slow Food Hunter Valley leader Amorelle Dempster

The NSW Department of Primary Industries will run a range of fishing activities over the three days to promote sustainable recreational fishing. 

The fishing lessons at the lagoon will cover how to cast a line, tie new knots, bait different hooks, identify local fish species, catch and release techniques and how to measure a fish.

FISHING: Ellie Burke enjoys fishing from the boat ramp at her family's property in Clarence Town. Picture: Marina Neil.

FISHING: Ellie Burke enjoys fishing from the boat ramp at her family's property in Clarence Town. Picture: Marina Neil.

A 10-metre-long fishing tank will help demonstrate how to catch and release popular fish species, and a touch tank will help children learn about aquatic creatures. 

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