ABOUT $160,000 will be taken from the community Fishwise Trust Fund and used to pay public servants, the government confirmed yesterday.
It also happened last year in the wake of the global financial crisis.
Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing chief executive Mark Nikolai said the government had promised the transfer would be a one-off.
“Funds have still not been reinstated and the government refuses to provide an answer,” he said.
The Fishwise Trust Fund was set up to fund research and community projects aimed at supporting recreational fishing in Tasmania.
About $1.2 million was set aside for the fund from the recreational marine fishing licences sold each year.
Mr Nikolai said without the money taken by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment, he held “grave concerns” for important research and community projects across the state.
Department water and marine resources general manager Wes Ford said the fund served a number of purposes, including funding Mr Nikolai’s organisation.
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