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The Northern Territory news Thu 23 Dec 2010

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Title

The Northern Territory news Thu 23 Dec 2010

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2010-12-23

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This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.

Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/227215

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/676444

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www.ntnews.com.au Thursday, December 23, 2010. NT NEWS. 17 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:23-DGE:17 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K For more advertising information please call Hejira Convery 8944 9876 Email: converyh@ntnews.com.au Joelle Appleby 8944 9804 Email: applebyj@ntnews.com.au Busilak Joves 8944 9819 Email: jovesb@ntnews.com.au 2 6 fG o p ti o n s 0 2 EnvironmeNT Friendly Publication Date: Sunday, February 20, 2011 The Northern Territory is a unique and precious part of the world. Its amazing biodiversity & natural wonders make it an environment that Territorians respect and wish to preserve. In recognition of this, The Sunday Territorian will publish a lift-out on Sunday, February 20, 2011 focusing on all the ways that Territorians can live in an environmeNTally-friendly way. If you would like to contribute to this lift-out you are invited to purchase an advert space to help further promote your business or service. Deadline: Friday, January 21, 2011 Hejira Convery t 8944 9876 f 8941 7559 Email: converyh@ntnews.com.au New You Publication Date: Sunday, January 9, 2011 At the start of a New Year many want to start afresh. How can you help? The Sunday Territorian will be running a Special Advertising Feature called New You! to be published on Sunday, January 9, 2011. This will be a great opportunity for your business to promote its services in helping those who want to shape up, tone up, get a new look or simply to pamper themselves. If you would like to contribute to this special feature you are invited to purchase an advert space and submit editorial to help further promote your business or service. Deadline: Thursday, December 23, 2010 Joelle Appleby t 8944 9804 f 8941 7559 Email: applebyj@ntnews.com.au Australia Day 2011 Publication Date: Friday, January 21, 2011 Australians all let us rejoice for it is almost Australia Day! Now here is an opportunity to promote the ways that Territorians can participate in Australia Day on 26 January. On Friday, January 21, The Northern Territory News will be publishing a special feature called Australia Day 2011. This is a great chance to advertise your Australia Day events. If you would like to contribute to this special feature you are invited to purchase an advert space and submit editorial to help further promote your business or service. Deadline: Thursday, December 23, 2010 Hejira Convery t 8944 9876 f 8941 7559 Email: converyh@ntnews.com.au features options your advertising options Fishing WHERE THEYRE BITING REVIEWS TIPS S with Alex Julius fishing@ntnews.com.au Fish guidelines must be simple Dave Russell trolled up this 91cm Leaders Creek barra on a Classic 120 Jay Kuhlars Leaders Creek efforts yielded a terrific 111cm black jewfish on a Classic 120 It is broadly recognised thatmany of theNorthern Territorys coastal fish species are in need of further management I SUPPOSE its been a long time coming, but a comprehensive review of the regulations in place for all our different recreational fishing species is definitely required. Its for this reason that, in early October, AFANT released a discussion paper on possible changes to recreational fishing possession and size limits in the NT. According to AFANT executive officer Chris Makepeace there were more than 60 pages of collated responses. As the next step, this week AFANT released another detailed paper summarising the views of anglers who commented and including a table showing what the changes would look like compared with the current possession and size limits. I wont publish the table here, but you can find it and the original discussion paper on www.afant.com.au or you can phone 8945 6455 and have them emailed to you. The interesting aspect to this collation of different views is that, inevitably, it has led to a host of different possession and size limits which, if promulgated, would simply be too complicated, at least on the face of it. However, the rationale for the changes is quite clearly explained in this paper titled Consideration of Recreational Fishing Possession and Size Limits in the NT as follows: It is broadly recognised that many of the Northern Territorys coastal fish species are in need of further management action due to escalating fishing pressure . . . Fisheries scientists and managers tell us that, while data on the status of many of our fish stocks is limited, it is likely that catches of some species are already at, or above, maximum sustainable levels in the greater Darwin area. The paper goes on to explain the issues associated with releasing fish, particularly barotrauma which refers to pressure-induced injuries that occur to some fish species when brought to the surface from deep water. Its a good move on AFANTs part to initiate this discussion now so comparisons can be made with the Governments own findings in the survey, and AFANT has clear direction on which way it should go with any new regulations. If I can offer my own two bobs worth, I would hate to see a final comprehensive set of possession and size limits which was both cumbersome and complicated. This is what has happened in Western Australia where the Fisheries bureaucrats evolved a conglomeration of individual species size and possession limits, changing from place to place and season to season, and requiring anglers to make sure they have a calculator on the boat when they go fishing. One species that gets plenty of attention is that iconic Territory species, the golden snapper. Currently there is a possession limit of five, with no minimum size. Remembering that this paper reflects the majority of views offered, the paper suggests that the limit be reduced to three goldies in possession, with the introduction of a minimum size limit of 30cm. I mention this because, frankly, when youre chasing a feed of goldies in the estuaries, three typical plate-sized fish are just not enough to feed the average family. Please, lets stick to five on that one, and maybe introduce a special, reduced possession limit of three for, say, snapper over 50cm barotrauma notwithstanding. The reason I mentioned five and three is that I believe these numbers are the key to a simplified final schedule of possession limits. The paper suggests extending the three-in-possession limit for barra across the board for the whole NT, and I agree. Its simple and its more than enough. As far as general limits (meaning all fish in the possession of one person) and boat limits are concerned, the paper suggests 20 and 60 respectively. I cant see a problem with that. At the end of the day, lets just keep it as simple as possible. Please have a wonderful and safe Christmas.


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