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Management program for the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2009-2013



Management program for the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2009-2013


Fukuda, Yusuke; Delaney, Robyn; Leach, Gregory J

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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

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Northern Territory Government

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60 pages : illustration, maps ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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http://hdl.handle.net/10070/214159[Final Edition]

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Draft Management Program for the Saltwater Crocodile in the Northern Territory 21 By-products Large parts (e.g. skulls), minor parts and derivatives of animals exported under the program are marked and recorded as products derived from an approved management program. NRETAS issues product labels for finished products. Manufactured items (excluding tanned whole skins) Uniquely numbered product labels are required to identify the origin of manufactured items. The labels are issued to processors to attach to the items, and will serve to identify items as being legally manufactured and acquired under an approved wildlife trade management program. Compliance The Northern Territory Government implements the following actions as measures to enforce compliance: random checks may be conducted on eggs and farm stock to ensure compliance with permit conditions and reporting; data collected on eggs and hatchlings will be linked and compared to ensure the smooth transition between different Northern Territory Departmental auditing systems; NRETAS will work collaboratively with other jurisdictions (i.e. Kakadu NP, Queensland, Western Australia, DEWHA and tanneries etc) as preventative actions to eliminate the possibility of illegal trade of eggs, animals or products interstate; and NRETAS will investigate any reported potentially illegal incident and take legal action where sufficient evidence is obtained. The Northern Territory Government has the capacity to develop and introduce permit conditions should any new additional compliance measures be needed. Performance Indicators Ensure that the annual commercial harvest of Saltwater Crocodiles does not exceed the approved ceiling for each category. Assess applications and issue permits under the TPWC Act. Monitor and audit harvest applications, approvals and returns and investigate and resolve any discrepancies. Ensure all permit applications have correct landholder approval. Ensure monthly farm stock returns comply with permit conditions and are reported half yearly to farms and NRETAS. Audit farm hatchlings annually. Ensure compliance with the issue of CITES tags and permits. Conduct random checks on farm stock numbers. Review permit conditions annually and amend where necessary. Ensure compliance with permit conditions is at or near 100% and addressing permit breaches through warning letters, caution notices, infringement notices or prosecution is at or near 100%.