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Timothy Doyle to represent Port Lincoln on recreational fishing body

Timothy Doyle moved to Port Lincoln for the recreational angling opportunities and now he's representing the region on the state's peak recreational fishing body.

The 40-year-old Adelaide boy said he has been fishing "pretty much my whole life" and moved to Port Lincoln in 2009 for the "great fishing".

He is one of four SA residents to be appointed to the Minister's Recreational Fishing Advisory Council, which provides the State Government with advice on the needs and interests of recreational fishers around the state.

"I'm excited," Mr Doyle said. "I love getting offshore, it's an adventure. There's so much out there, going out into these offshore islands, sometimes it feels like no-one's ever been there."

Mr Doyle has seen some incredible sights during his time on the water, including great whites, bronze whalers eating fish off lines, huge schools of bait fish attracting tuna to the boat and opportunistic birds diving down for a feed.

He said when he heard the Fishing Advisory Council was recruiting, he thought, "I could have a go there".

"Someone who wants to do this role would have to be deeply invested and passionate to want to be a part of it that much, and I just want to be part of this decision-making process," Mr Doyle said.

"People sit on their hands and then whinge and complain about the changes. I just want to make a difference."

Areas of recreational fishing that Mr Doyle is particularly passionate about are sustainability and catch and release.

I can help to be a voice for a community of anglers.

Timothy Doyle

He said he would value "having a say" in rules the council is responsible for making such as those stipulating bag limits and protection zones.

"I have a lot of friends who fish, and I hear their viewpoints as well, so I can help to be a voice for a community of anglers," he said.

Mr Doyle fishes mostly marine on the Eyre Peninsula. He has won Port Lincoln's Anglers Club Championship three times and been named Fisherman of the Year.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham congratulated the new fishing council members who represent a diverse field. Other new council members represent the fishing communities of Millicent, Adelaide and Meningie.

"Fishing is a key driver for our state economy as we know when people fish, they also tend to spend money by staying at local hotels, eating at local restaurants, visiting local tackle shops which all supports local jobs," Mr Basham said.

"Given the economic benefits and social rewards of recreational fishing for so many South Australians, these new members have will have an important role on behalf of the recreational fishing community as we all work together to act in the best interests of the fishery and community."

The new members are appointed until the end of July 2023 and are responsible for delivering the Recreational Fishing Strategy for SA, which sets-out to build the capacity and capability of the industry by focussing on stewardship, sustainability and security.