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

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Title

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

Other title

Annual Report 2013

Creator

Amateur Fishermen's Association of the Northern Territory

Collection

E-Publications; PublicationNT; E-Books; Annual Report; Amateur Fishermen's Association of the Northern Territory annual report

Date

2014

Notes

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

Fishing -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

Publisher name

Amateur Fishermen's Association of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

Series

Annual Report; Amateur Fishermen's Association of the Northern Territory annual report

File type

application/pdf

Copyright owner

Amateur Fishermen's Association of the Northern Territory

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/249621

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/562686

Page content

clubs. In 2012 a total of $13,935 in grants was requested and $11,135 was allocated. Funds were allocated in 2012 as follows: Dundee Social & Recreation Fishing Club - $1,435 for computer equipment Darwin Flyrodders - $1,700 for a printer, laminator and display material Palmerston Game Fishing Club - $3,000 for holding a junior angler education clinic Nhulunbuy Regional Sport Fishing Club $2,500 for Junior and Womens Fishing Clinics Katherine Game Fishing Club - $2,500 for a projector and screen Improving Fish Stocks for the Recreational Fishing Sector Refer to our comments earlier in this report welcoming the NT Governments commitment to the buy back of commercial barramundi fishing licenses and the creation of the recreational only barramundi fishing areas. Jewfish and golden snapper stocks in areas easily accessed from Darwin remain a concern for AFANT and we have supported changes to reduce effort in this fishery. Public Recognition of Recreational Fishing Recreational fishing in the NT maintained a high and positive public profile in 2012. Issues such as the Mt Todd mine site and the Chambers and Finke Bay closure to commercial barramundi netting received considerable mainstream media attention. AFANT was involved in some 40 media interviews during 2012. AFANT President Warren de With continues a weekly fishing report segment on ABC radio and both Warren and Executive Officer Craig Ingram have a regular involvement with ABCs Tales from the Tinny program. AFANT has recently updated our website and established a Facebook page to ensure that relevant information is delivered to a wide audience. Nowhere else in Australia does recreational fishing receive the level of media attention that it does in the NT. We have three weekly radio programs, two large weekly columns and a daily article in the NT News and fishing advice, reports and viewer catch photos in the nightly news bulletin on Channel 9. AFANT also provides a number of media outlets with regular editorial comments. Additional programs are planned for 2012. AFANT continues to use mainstream media to inform recreational fishers and to promote recreational fishing to the general public. AFANT Involvement at a National Level AFANT takes a strong interest in recreational fishing at the national level. AFANT is a member of Recfish Australia and Executive Officer Craig Ingram is a member of the committee advising the federal government on a national harvest strategy representing the recreational fishing sector. MAINTAIN AND WHERE POSSIBLE INCREASE ACCESS TO RECREATIONAL FISHING OPPORTUNITIES In this key area the objectives we addressed during 2012 were: To maintain and, wherever possible, increase access to recreational fishing areas throughout the NT To ensure that recreational fishing access will be a major consideration in the development of any national parks, marine parks and marine protected areas that are proposed for waters in and around the NT Our main activities in this area during 2012 were related to the Marine Protected Area planning processes. Blue Mud Bay We have dealt with this item in the first section of this report under the heading Represent and Advocate for the Interests of all Recreational Fishers in the NT. Marine Protected Areas and Recreational Fishing Access We have dealt with this item in the first section of this report under the heading Represent and Advocate for the Interests of all Recreational Fishers in the NT. Increasing Access for Recreational Fishers on Aboriginal Land This issue remains in abeyance pending resolution of the Blue Mud Bay issue. 14


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