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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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recognition by Kakadu park management of the importance of recreational angling tourism and its contribution to visitation to the park. PROMOTE AND FURTHER THE DEVELOPMENT OF RECREATIONAL FISHING In this key area the objectives we addressed during 2012 were: To have improved infrastructure and facilities for recreational fishing To seek improved fish stocks for the recreational fishing sector To ensure that recreational fishing will continue to be recognised as an important part of the Territory lifestyle and an important contributor to the NT economy To ensure that the national and international profile of recreational fishing in the NT will be maintained, the local recreational sector will be aware of broader developments and AFANT, on behalf of recreational fishers in the NT, will have input to national and international forums on recreational fishing Bringing the program to upgrade our recreational fishing infrastructure to a conclusion has been a highlight for AFANT during 2012. Expanding our artificial reef program has also been significant. With issues such as the Marine Planning process, recreational fishing has maintained a high public profile during the year. Improved Recreational Fishing Infrastructure and Facilities The NT Governments Recreational Fishing Infrastructure Development Fund has been discontinued. A number of quality improvements were made to boating infrastructure from the program. The NT Government has provided funding commitments to a number of key projects including: Construction of a new self-launch boat ramp at Dundee Investigation of new ramps at Shady Camp and a new ramp in the metro area Consideration of an upgrade to Gunn Point Road to improve access to Leaders Creek, the Vernon Islands, Saltwater Arm and the lower Adelaide River $1.5million commitment to resume works at the Gove Mud Wharf in Nhulunbuy AFANT will work with government to ensure the delivery of the election commitments on boating infrastructure and will take a strategic approach to ensure continued improvements to boating infrastructure are made across the NT building on the success of recent programs. AFANT has worked with fisheries on the investigations into a new boat ramp on the lower Sampan Creek to improve better seasonal access below Shady Camp. AFANT has met with landholders to discuss access arrangements and preliminary investigations and discussions have been positive. AFANT believes that a suitable site will be found and arrangements can be made to look at funding and construction opportunities in the near future. Enhancing Our Artificial Reefs Our artificial reef program has continued to expand in 2012, with two 25 meter steel vessels added to the Fenton Patches and 120 concrete culverts added to the Bottle Washer significantly enhancing the artificial reef network during the past year. AFANT welcomes the continued commitment to establishing quality artificial reefs within close proximity to Darwin. AFANT has also held discussions with a number of organisations including INPEX, regarding future opportunities for further enhancement of the Darwin offshore artificial reef network. These discussions have been positive and AFANT will continue to work with the NT Government and to encourage the enhancement of the artificial reef network. Increasing Participation of Young People and Women in Recreational Fishing AFANT continues to provide funding to NT fishing clubs through the Fishing Clubs Small Grants Program to assist them to provide clinics and awareness programs for juniors and women. In 2012 the grants to Palmerston Game Fishing Club and the Nhulunbuy Regional Sport Fishing Club shown below, were used for this purpose. 2012 Fishing Clubs Small Grants Program The NT Government continues to provide AFANT with $11,000 each year for distribution to NT fishing 13

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