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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 33 Commercial harvest estimates Monitoring and minimising the potential negative impacts of activities covered under this program is a high priority for the Northern Territory Government, and is consistent with the requirements of Australian Government and Northern Territory legislation relevant to the harvesting of native species, and the precautionary approach underpinning management actions in this program. Wild harvests of both eggs and animals will be subject to strict record keeping. Data on the commercial harvest of C. porosus in the Northern Territory will be collated and used internally to report on the commercial harvest of C. porosus in the Northern Territory and submitted annually to the Australian Government. Harvest figures will also be considered in combination with numbers removed through other means (e.g. non-commercial destruction), and with environmental conditions that may impact on population size and structure (e.g. drought and habitat changes). Information on the crocodile harvest (size and sex of non-hatchling crocodiles, numbers of total, live and viable eggs) is obtained through harvest returns submitted by permit holders. 4.8 Reporting Performance of crocodile farms All crocodile farms are visited by RDPIFR staff on a regular basis to monitor farm performance and to ensure that welfare and veterinary conditions meet the standards set by the Code of Practice and the requirements for Farm Management (Appendix 4). Annual hatchling audits are also conducted. See sections 4.2 and 4.6 for performance indicators. Auditing and reporting The program will be audited internally by the Northern Territory Government on an annual basis. The performance indicators listed in this program will be audited and assessed annually by program management staff. The Northern Territory Government will provide annual reports to the Australian Government. The annual report will include: Progress against performance indicators; Harvest statistics including: - Number of crocodile eggs taken; - Number of crocodile hatchlings taken; - Number of crocodile juveniles taken; - Number of crocodile adults taken - Sex ratio of harvest (adults only); - Average body size of harvested animals for each sex. Number of permits issued for nuisance crocodile removal and details of the fate of each crocodile covered under those permits; Number and location of nuisance crocodiles removed by NRETAS and the fate of each crocodile; and Industry compliance statistics including: - Number of premises inspected; - Number of caution notices issued and reason for issue; - Number of alleged offences investigated and outcomes; - Any joint surveillance/enforcement activities completed with other agencies; and - Any unusual situations that arose (e.g. drought or flood conditions, market influences).