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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 53 Appendix 4: Farm Management Farm Biosecurity Farms are expected to follow the Biosecurity plan available from RDPIFR. Any signs of illness, disease outbreak or unusual deaths should be reported as soon as possible to RDPIFR. The crocodile industry will be alerted to any possible disease problems and a disease investigation will be undertaken if needed. Farm Waste Disposal There are two types of waste that needs disposing. Normal refuse such as plastic, paper, cardboard, animal feed which can be disposed of at local government dump sites or into waste disposal bins for collection. The remaining waste includes animal carcasses, abattoir waste, crocodile meat, crocodile parts and byproducts. This waste must not be removed from the farm property and can be disposed of in an earthen trench, incinerator or an area on the farm designated for waste disposal. Farm Security Farms are required to have secure fencing as a condition on the permit to keep and trade. Fences and enclosures must be maintained to ensure animals cannot escape and the public cannot enter. NRETAS will check farm security annually as part of the process for renewing permits. Farm Data and Audit Validation Each month farms will submit stock data to RDPIFR to validate and collate before it is submitted to NRETAS each year. Individual farm performance data will be compared with Northern Territory industry averages and provided to individual farms. RDPIFR will validate monthly returns using annual physical audits for hatchlings and will also conduct random spot audits for all other class of animal on the farm. Hatchlings will be audited each year by hand counting all animals gained for that current year on the farm when they are transferred to raising/yearling class pens. Farm Visitation Farms will be visited by RDPIFR to ensure animal welfare, farm biosecurity, inspection of shipments, animal audits, disease investigation and any other related matter. Farms will be visited by NRETAS to ensure that farms meet the conditions stated on permit to keep, investigate any wildlife breaches and other related matters. Animal Welfare Animal welfare on all crocodile farms will comply with the Animal Welfare Act and follow the Code of Practice on the Humane Treatment of Captive and Wild Australian Crocodiles as stated in this management plan. Animal welfare will be enforced by RDPIFR as animal welfare inspectors under the Animal Welfare Act. Farm Workers OH&S Workers on all crocodile farms that have duties involving handling crocodiles or being in close contact with crocodiles should have the appropriate Occupational Health and Safety training. Crocodile farm owners must meet the relevant Northern Territory legislation. Farmer Responsibilities The responsibilities of farms are detailed in Table 1 below.