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






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An nu al R ep or t Reviewed the Spanish Mackerel Management Plan, including public consultation, and provided final draft to Minister Vatskalis. Reviewed of the Mud Crab Management Plan, including public consultation, and provided final draft to the Minister. Undertook public consultation on regulation of fishing tour operators and provided recommendations to Minister. Developed community consultation process on fisheries issues and provided recommendations to Minister. Closed the Adelaide River to commercial fishing. Completed assessment of the impact on commercial fishing of the possible closure of Bynoe Harbour. Indigenous Liaison Provides support and assistance to the community-based, traditional fishing sector. Coastal community groups are ideally located for new developments in the fishing industry as well as continuing subsistence fishing. Work includes ongoing consultation between Indigenous people and key stakeholders. The Marine Ranger program has been expanded to enable its extension to include the important Gulf Region. Key Achievements Commenced the Mabunji Resource Association marine ranger program in the Borroloola Region. Commenced the Maningrida marine ranger program. Commenced the Port Keats marine ranger program. Recreational Fishing Management Provides support and assistance to the NTs recreational fishing sector. Activities aim to ensure an equitable share of the NTs fisheries resources are allocated to recreational fisheries. Key Achievements Developed a more robust recreational fishing unit within fisheries. Established a new working group to set priorities for recreational fishing access. Completed access arrangements to Point Stuart and Channel Point. Completed works for access to Buffalo Creek and almost completed similar works for Dinah Beach. Marine Resource Research Researches NT fish stocks to support the management process and provide information to the public good. Many of the fish resources subject to research are considered to be at or near the maximum sustainable level. Monitoring of trends, and assessment of stock status, is essential to ensure optimal exploitation, maximise economic and social benefit, and minimise the risk of overexploitation. Key A chie vements Produced nationally-acclaimed reports on effects of catch and release programs on target species. Developed growth models for offshore snapper species. Assessed Timor Reef snapper fishery. 58 Department of Business, Industry & R esource Development

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