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Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development



Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development

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Tabled paper 1496


Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT






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Hatchery Stock Production Provides a commercially-based barramundi hatchery to support the Port Hurd Fish Farm. Darwin Aquaculture Centre operates a hatchery and nursery facility to support development of barramundi aquaculture. Marine Harvest (owned by Nutreco) has a four-year fingerling supply agreement with the NT Government. Larvae and fingerlings are also sold to other local and interstate farms. Key Achievements Produced 1 000 000 barramundi fingerlings for local industry. Restocked impoundments and other waterways with juvenile barramundi. Provided fingerlings to Marine Harvest, which has a sea cage aquaculture operation at Port Hurd, allowing the company to diversify its markets into Europe and the USA. Aquaculture Research Undertakes research and development of potential species and technologies for the development of aquaculture ventures in the NT. Provides support for current and future aquaculture ventures until the industry develops to the point that such activity is fully self-funded. Key Achievements Completed technical work on major study on hatchery and nursery stages of mud crab aquaculture. Final paper being developed. Commenced grow out trials of crablets for potential mud crab aquaculture industry. Australian Fishing Zone Provides support to the Commonwealth-funded function of policing the Australian Fishing Zone (out to 200 nautical miles limit). Acts as an agency of the Commonwealth to deliver a comprehensive surveillance, apprehension and prosecution service directed towards protecting the fishery resources in the Australian exclusive economic zone/AFZ from the activities of unlicensed foreign fishing vessels. Key Achievements Arrested 75 vessels and secured 152 convictions. Licensing, Data Management and Information Provides policy, licensing, data management, information and education services on fisheries matters. Effective decision-making relies on the analysis of fisheries data, which collated and maintained on a range of electronic and manual storage systems. Fishery Management Manages the NTs fisheries resources to ensure maximum sustainable use in the future. The biological characteristics of many species taken in NT waters, increasing fishing pressure as well competing stakeholder interests, requires ongoing management to ensure that the fish and aquatic life resources remain sustainable. Key Achievements Released the Strategic Plan for Research and Development in Aquatic Resources (3rd edition) on the Internet. 57Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development An nu al R ep or t

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