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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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Over the next twelve months the AFANT Committee intends to develop a new strategic plan for the next five years. AFANT has delayed the update of the previous plan in anticipation of the release of the NT Recreational Fishing Development Plan. AFANT intends that where possible and in the interest of recreational fishers in the Northern Territory, that the two plans should be aligned. The AFANT committee will consult with members on the development and adoption of the plan over the next twelve months. AFANT will continue to report against our AFANT Development Plan 2006 2009 until the new plan is completed. The key strategic areas of our existing plan are to: Represent and advocate for the interests of all recreational fishers in the NT Ensure that the allocation of fishery resources in the NT provides for an adequate share for recreational fishers and allows for the predictable growth in recreational fishing Provide representation and advice to governments and others on recreational fishing issues Promote and further the development of recreational fishing Maintain and where possible, increase access to recreational fishing opportunities Participate in the management of recreational and other fisheries and liaise constructively with commercial fishing organisations on matters of mutual interest Promote and be an advocate for ethical, sustainable, safe and legal fishing practices Promote and be an advocate for the protection of the environment as it impacts on recreational fishing Support and participate in fisheries research REPRESENT AND ADVOCATE FOR THE INTERESTS OF ALL RECREATIONAL FISHERS IN THE NT In this key area the objectives we addressed during 2012 were: To continue to provide effective representation of all recreational fishers in the NT and to be responsive to the wishes and needs of these fishers To provide effective representation in matters of access to fishing areas AFANTs major activities in this key strategic area during 2012 were development and advocating recreational angling policy direction and outcomes as part of the 2012 NT election, protecting recreational fishers interest in resource allocation discussions, addressing the implications of the Blue Mud Bay ruling and dealing with the Commonwealth Marine Protected Area activities and their potential to impact on recreational fishing access in the NT. 2012 election policy outcomes AFANTs objective in the lead up to the 2012 Territory election was to gain the best policy outcomes for recreational fishers. AFANT met and had discussions with both sides of politics and put forward our policy issues for consideration. A number of positive policy outcomes have been achieved including: The closure of Chambers and Finke Bays as well as the areas around Adelaide River, Leaders Creek and the northern part of Fog Bay to commercial barramundi fishing Buy back of commercial barramundi licenses Commitment to the recreational fishing development plan 2012-2022 Establishment of a Recreational Fishing Ministerial Advisory Council Construction of a new self-launch boat ramp at Dundee Investigation of new ramp at Shady Camp 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 9

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