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 18 Non-harvest areas A system of non-harvest areas provides a safety net to ensure hatchling recruitment into the population. The primary non-harvest area is the West and South Alligator Rivers within Kakadu National Park. Surveys in harvested and non-harvested rivers will be able to demonstrate the relationship between any population changes and the extent of any harvesting impact. Ranching with return to the wild The original concept of ranching in the context of CITES is based on a percentage of ranched individuals being returned to the wild. The high mortality of the earliest life cycle stages is therefore avoided and such a release should enhance recruitment into the population. Due to the increasing crocodile population in the Northern Territory and the ceiling on the egg harvest, there has never been a requirement to release hatchlings or older stages back into the wild in the Northern Territory ranching program. Such a regular system of release is unlikely to be logistically practical in the Northern Territory. Additional constraints to the cost and logistics include increased risk of disease introduction into the wild population and the fitness of captive raised individuals for reintroduction into the wild. Nevertheless reintroduction remains a feasible option that can be implemented if needed to address a serious decline in the population at the local or broader level. Performance Indicators Develop and implement a GIS database to assist with both allocation of eggs and monitoring harvest effort and compliance. Investigate and take appropriate action on all suspected local impacts on the population. Instigate adaptive management actions should there be any increased threats to the Saltwater Crocodile and their habitat. Ensure harvest ceiling is set in accordance with the provisions of this management program. Assess all permit applications and ensure egg allocation is distributed across harvest regions in accordance with the provisions of the management program. 4.2 Permits and compliance Commercial use will be regulated by issuing individual permits under Section 55 of the TPWC Act. Commercial operations are subject to review under the Environmental Assessment Act when established. The commercial processing of farmed crocodile meat from the live animal up to leaving an abattoir is covered under the Meat Industries Act. Food products after leaving the abattoir are regulated by the Food Act. Packaging is labelled to identify the contents as coming from an approved wildlife trade management program. Permits to take Crocodylus porosus is protected in the Northern Territory. The removal of any stock from the wild (animals or eggs; live or dead) requires a permit from the Northern Territory Government, or on Commonwealth land such as Kakadu National Park, a permit from the Australian Government. Permits are granted pending an application that must include details on the method, extent and location of the proposed harvest. All permits for harvesting will