Management program for the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2009-2013
Fukuda, Yusuke; Delaney, Robyn; Leach, Gregory J
Northern Territory. Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport
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The draft program is open for public comment to Friday 29 May 2009. Includes Summary document.
Date:2009-04; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).
Crocodylus porosus -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Conservation -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Control -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Government Policy -- Northern Territory
Northern Territory Government
60 pages : illustration, maps ; 30 cm.
Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)
Northern Territory Government
Draft Management Program for the Saltwater Crocodile in the Northern Territory 15 The maximum harvest ceiling will be reviewed every 2 years immediately after the population surveys have been completed and analysed. Should the monitoring indicate that populations are increasing or remaining stable and the harvest impact is within the established sustainable limits then further increasing the maximum harvest ceiling will be considered. Conversely, should declining trends be demonstrated then the need for harvest restrictions will be assessed as outlined in Section 4.7. This Management Program provides for two indicative increments in years 3 and 5 of the Program. The consideration and justification for any changes in the harvest ceiling will be presented within the required reporting framework. The Director of the Parks and Wildlife Commission may vary the ceiling, provided that, in the case of an increase, the Australian Government has provided endorsement of the change in writing. Prior to making a decision to revise the ceiling, the Northern Territory Government will consider the following: current trends in population size and structure; climatic or environmental effects on the population; management objectives for specific areas; proportion of total habitat subject to harvesting; any non-commercial mortality events within populations; review of previous harvests; review of past and current research results; and any other information considered relevant by the Director of the Parks and Wildlife Commission. Within specific areas of land subject to harvesting, local sustainable harvest levels will be determined after similar considerations. The geographic basis for this will be broadly based regional catchments as defined in Figure 3. The current percentage of egg harvest in each catchment reflects a number of historic parameters such as access to helicopters, productivity and ease of collection and landholder interest in the industry (Figure 3). The percentages have not been fixed for future seasons. An improved GIS database to assist with both the allocation of eggs and the assessment of harvest effort and compliance will be developed in the life of this program.