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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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Will establish a Territory Recreational Fisheries Award program to honour individuals and organisations for their contribution to the conservation, restoration and enhancement of the Territorys recreational fisheries and their habitat Will also re-open a direct line of communication with the relevant Minister by re-establishing Ministerial Advisory Councils and a new office of recreational fishing within the department A Country Liberals Minister will always be available to industry and community groups ************** As part of the CLPs election commitments they have recognised the contribution made by AFANT to recreational fishing in the Northern Territory and have provided a commitment to provide resources to AFANT so it can continue its role. We welcome this ongoing commitment. - Major issues in 2012 Blue Mud Bay The past year has shown extremely clearly the risks, uncertainty and detriment posed to recreational fishing from the Blue Mud Bay ruling with the closure of major areas of the Tiwis to recreational anglers. 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. The government has informed AFANT that negotiations are progressing well on a range of agreements around access. The government and the NLC have signed off on agreements for the Daly River as well as the MacArthur. 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. Barramundi licence buy-back and commercial netting closures AFANT applauds the government on its decision to establish the recreational only Barra fishery from the southern part of Fog Bay to the Wildman River including Chambers and Finke Bays. The closure of Chambers and Finke Bays to barramundi netting has been a long held AFANT policy position. The successful creation of this area as a recreational only barramundi fishery, which started on the 1st of February this year, will see long term benefits for recreational anglers in the Territory. AFANT has been active in developing strategies and actions including our code of conduct, in the view of ensuring anglers gain the maximum benefit from the creation of these important recreational only fishing areas. Mary River outcomes To ensure the maximum benefit for the community and recreational anglers is achieved by the removal of commercial barramundi fishing from Chambers and Finke Bays AFANT has taken a range of actions to ensure the best possible outcomes from the creation of the recreational barramundi fishing areas. AFANT has been working with fisheries to investigate alternative and more reliable boat access to Chambers and Finke Bays, discussions with landholders and government agencies have been positive and we look forward to the possibility of improved tidal and seasonal boat ramp access in the lower Sampan Creek. AFANT has also released a voluntary code of conduct. The COC aims to ensure anglers are aware and practice ethical sustainable and safe practices to ensure that the recreational-anglingonly areas of the Mary River and Chambers and Finke Bays have the opportunity to develop into their full potential as a world class fishery. 7

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