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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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Amateur Fishermen's Association of the Northern Territory

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Some of the angler actions contained in the code are: All barramundi and king threadfin salmon over 90cm in the Mary River system and Chambers and Finke Bays will be released Best practice catch and release procedures will be used to ensure survival of released fish Self imposed possession and boat limits of three barramundi and threadfin salmon and two times the personal catch limits of relevant species per vessel Lure and fly only Barra fishing in the Mary River system and Chambers and Finke Bays A comprehensive catch and effort data collection including boat ramp surveys, fishing catch and effort recording as well as reporting and participating in tagging programs Anglers will ensure that they have no or minimal impact on the environment Operate in a safe manner consistent with boating safety rules and regulations Implement a one way traffic safety plan for the Tommycut cut-through Anglers will respect the rights and be courteous of others on the water and at the ramps/launching areas AFANT encourages all recreational fishers in the NT to support the code of conduct and invites anglers who regularly fish the Mary River system or Chambers and Finke Bays to get involved in the tagging and catch and effort data collection. By implementing the actions in the code, Northern Territory anglers will not just be protecting this important recreational fishery, but will also enhance the safety and experience for others. NT Water Police and Fisheries Compliance and Enforcement Concerns AFANT is looking forward to the full implementation of the NT Governments commitment to address the lack of resources for our Water Police. We believe that the unit must have the capacity and resources to provide any reasonable level of fishery or marine compliance and enforcement. AFANT has also taken up the issue of adequately resourcing prosecutions and beefing up the penalties on fisheries offences to ensure that offenders receive sufficient penalties when convicted by the courts. Improving Boating Safety in the Northern Territory AFANT has been working with government since 2010, following public reaction to a possible boat registration/identification system. The NT Government agreed with AFANT that there was a need to improve boating safety in the NT. Government agreed to review relevant legislation and regulations and to design a new marine safety awareness program for the NT. AFANT indicated that this should include: The development and funding of a meaningful and ongoing boat safety awareness program directed at both indigenous and non-indigenous Territorians A review of marine regulations to ensure safe navigation of pleasure craft in NT waters Agreement to implement an infringement notice scheme for breaches of marine pleasure craft regulations similar to that applied to breaches of Amateur Fishing Regulations The provision of additional resources (not necessarily additional police officers) to Water Police so that we can be assured there is a realistic level of compliance and enforcement activity The review of marine navigation aid requirements such as channel markers, buoy lighting, hazard marking, VHF radio communications etc AFANT is involved in the NT Water Safety Advisory Committee which will make recommendations to government on actions designed to improve water safety. AFANT was able to receive a commitment from the government to: Improvements to the VHF radio networks with radio repeaters in areas where most people fish will 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 PROMOTE AND BE AN ADVOCATE FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AS IT IMPACTS ON RECREATIONAL FISHING In this key area the objective we addressed during 2012 was: 16

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