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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 29 The capture and handling of nuisance crocodiles must comply with the Animal Welfare Act and the Code of Practice. Performance Indicators Issue permits to remove nuisance crocodiles as necessary and appropriate. Maintain the program to remove all crocodiles in designated no tolerance zones. NRETAS responds to reports of problem crocodiles and implements appropriate management measures. Re-define the Darwin Harbour No Tolerance zone to include high risk areas of the entire catchment and include the waterways of the Darwin rural area (as per Figure 4). 4.5 Community Awareness and Participation The public profile of crocodiles and crocodile management in the Northern Territory is high, particularly for the Saltwater Crocodile. Maintaining effective communication links between NRETAS, RDPIFR, industry stakeholders, regional land management and conservation groups, and the wider community is an important component for the success of this program. Effective communication structures are also essential for adaptive management and incorporating feedback from industry and community groups into future management policies and practices for crocodiles in the Northern Territory. The community must be well informed about safe behaviours in living with crocodiles. Market research will be conducted to assess the best methods to target all sectors of the community. A communication plan about living with crocodiles that takes into account any recommendations from the market research will be developed and implemented. The Northern Territory Government promotes crocodile awareness among Northern Territory residents and visitors to the Territory by disseminating educational information. Public awareness campaigns will continue to be conducted at regular planned intervals coinciding with the onset of the tourism season and the build-up/wet season to help minimise harmful interactions between people and crocodiles. A high profile campaign, similar to the cyclone preparedness community campaign will use the web and the media to ensure messages about safe behaviour are effectively conveyed to both locals and visitors. Local events such as the show circuit, tour guides, park visitor centres, and park ranger talks are avenues to further disseminate messages in a face to face setting. Signs at popular water entry points and info TV are other valuable means of informing people about reducing risks with crocodiles. Media and tourism marketing also need to be well informed so they convey a consistent key message about living with crocodiles. The Northern Territory Government will also promote relevant legislation, policy and guidelines to the commercial crocodile industry and wider community via promotion of this management plan, the development of relevant fact sheets, and through the Northern Territory Government permit system. Performance Indicators Continue to conduct public awareness, safety and educational message campaigns through Northern Territory Government staff, effective use of the media and on the Northern Territory Government website. Conduct market research to assess the best communication methods for targeting and informing all sectors of the community about living safely with crocodiles. Develop and implement a public safety communication plan.