Fishing for tourism - Charter boat diversification program

Fishing for Tourism – Charter Boat Diversification Program

The ‘Fishing for tourism’ – Charter boat diversification program has been established to:

  • expand and strengthen the charter boat sector by co-investing in projects to enhance charter boat operators’ offering as a tourism experience
  • broaden tourism offerings that will be attractive to the domestic and international tourism and visitor market
  • position the sector for strong future growth in the nature-based tourism sector.

Through the ‘Fishing for Tourism’ program, the State Government is committing $500,000 to support diversification in the charter boat sector.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants can seek grants from $2,000 to $25,000.

Eligible projects include:

  • Improvement to vessel amenities for clients (e.g. toilet [fully private], fridge, catering equipment, seating, resting furniture, shelter)
  • Improvement in vessel accessibility (e.g. disability, elderly (e.g. non-slip))
  • Improvement to marketing, promotions (e.g. website) and booking management systems (Pre-experience functionality and professional advice)
  • Equipment that will provide capacity to deliver new customer experiences
  • Upgrade of boat survey and associated boat alterations
  • Vessel alterations to support tag and release science work
  • Vessel alterations to support new customer experiences
  • Business Plans that demonstrate business diversification to build resilience

Applications are limited to active Charter Licence Holders. An “active” licence holder must demonstrate fishing activity through the submission of SARDI South Australian Charter Fishery Logbook returns, with fishing activity during 2018 and/or 2019 (up to 28 September 2019, the date new snapper management arrangements were announced).

Applicants must also provide a minimum 1:1 funding co-contribution towards the total financial cost of their project.

Assessment criteria

Projects will be assessed on their ability to address one or more of the criteria below:

  • Caters for a more diverse customer base:
    • Improves accessibility – for example the disabled, elderly etc.
    • Improves amenity – for example for the comfort of passengers such as women and children
  • Improves the business’ pre-experience functionality:
    • Easy to find tourism offerings – for example marketing materials, website improvements
    • Improved booking systems – for example online booking systems
  • Broadens the business’ tourism offering:
    • Expands the offering beyond fishing charters – for example tours to view marine life, sunset cruises with meals, water sports etc.
    • Ability to navigate wider ocean conditions or support other tourism offerings through upgrade of boat survey and associated boat alterations
  • Demonstrates the business’ plan to diversify:
    • Assist with the development of a business plan

How to apply

Closing date

Applications close at 5.00 pm 28 February 2020.


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Page Last Reviewed: 06 Dec 2019
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