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Amateur Fishermen's Association of the NT Inc. 2013 Annual report



Amateur Fishermen's Association of the NT Inc. 2013 Annual report

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Annual Report 2013


Amateur Fishermen's Association of the Northern Territory


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Implement a water and boating safety education program Trial the use of security cameras at boat ramps Have a comprehensive safety awareness program underway Improvements to VHF radio networks with radio repeaters in areas where most people fish will also be considered to further improve safety on the water Boost the Fisheries Police Unit and ensure they are equipped to target those who break the law Oppose permits and payments for fishing Inform Territorians of any negotiations or agreements with traditional owners Dealing with Outcomes of the Blue Mud Case AFANT has kept a watching brief on development in the Blue Mud Bay negotiations. The NT Government continues to work with land councils and traditional owners on resolving access issues as a result of the Blue Mud Bay ruling. The NT Government has reached Blue Mud Bay access/fishing access agreements with traditional owners on the following claim areas: The Kenbi land claim (including Darwin and Bynoe Harbour) McArthur River, Borroloola and the Sir Edward Pellew group of islands Daly River Mini-Mini Murgenella Cobourg And the government has informed AFANT that other agreements are close to finalisation. After more than four years of negotiations there are still a number of challenges to ensuring permit free and reasonable access to all areas historically accessed by recreational anglers in the NT. This issue has come into clear focus with the Tiwi Island closure of all the northern side of Bathurst and Melville Islands. The risks, uncertainty and detriment posed to recreational fishing from the Blue Mud Bay ruling is clearly evident when TOs can create lock-outs based on who pays the highest dollar. The decision taken by the Tiwi Land Council and the uncertainty and lack of legal clarity of actual boundaries continues to have a major impact on recreational anglers. The Tiwi decision left AFANT with no option but to suspend the issue of camping permits and fishing (access) permit refunds on behalf of the Tiwi Land Council and the NT Government. AFANT is committed to resolving the Blue Mud Bay intertidal waters issue with permit free access in all intertidal waters including the Tiwis and will work with Government and traditional owners where necessary to ensure permit free access to all NT waters. AFANT has appeared at recent call overs for outstanding bed and bank intertidal waters claims with the Aboriginal Land Commissioner in the Supreme Court and our aim is to ensure no detriment to recreational fishers as part of future native title grants. Commonwealth Marine Protected Area activities Recreational anglers in the NT escaped most of the impact of the Commonwealth Marine Protected Areas although AFANT still has serious concerns with the impact on anglers around Australia with large and important areas lost to recreational fishing. The other highly likely impact in the Northern Territory of the new large offshore no fishing green zones, is that they have a significant impact on the commercial fishing industry. Its quite possible that this will lead to effort shift and have a negative flow-on effect to recreational fishing closer inshore. ENSURE THAT THE ALLOCATION OF FISHERY RESOURCES IN THE NT PROVIDES FOR AN ADEQUATE SHARE FOR RECREATIONAL FISHERS AFANT has continued to demand that recreational anglers in the NT get their share of the resource. The outcomes with the creation of the recreational only barramundi fishery and Chambers and Finke Bays clearly show AFANTs success in this area. Increased recreational share of the Barramundi resource AFANT has secured the closure of Chambers and Finke Bays as well as the areas around Adelaide 10

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